Former deputy mayor of Prešov charged with corruption

THE INVESTIGATOR of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) charged altogether 13 people with manipulating EU funds and corruption. One of them is allegedly former ice hockey player and ex-deputy mayor of Prešov René Pucher, the Korzár regional daily reported.

(Source: SME)

Pucher currently serves as an independent city councillor in Prešov.

“I do not want to comment on this,” Pucher told Korzár.

Police Presidium spokesperson Michal Slivka meanwhile confirmed that the NAKA investigator accused altogether 13 people with property and economic crimes and corruption. This concerns several cases. One of them pertains to the plans to build canalisation in Družstevná pri Hornáde and Kostoľany nad Hornádom villages in Košice Region, while the other, where also Pucher’s name is mentioned, relates to the reconstruction of a primary school in Prešov. Both were to be done by the same company.

Several people were allegedly interested in receiving contributions from EU funds. In the latter case, the whole action was organised and administered by Maroš R., an employee of the abovementioned company. He signed the invoice and list of works which were approved by Peter K., who carried out the work together with František H.

After receiving the request to repay the invoice, which contained also the attachments describing unrealised works, the Agriculture Ministry paid the sum.

According to police, Andrej S. and Maroš R. promised René P. a bribe in connection with this project, which René P. also accepted. In return, he enabled the company to continue in construction works which had been halted by the construction authority. Maroš R. allegedly asked Andrej S. for a bribe for the committee of the city council which was to recommend financing the works from the city’s budget, the SITA newswire wrote.

The accused men now face two to 12 years in prison if found guilty. They are prosecuted at large, SITA reported.

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