22 in Poland suspected of swindling millions in EU funds
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish police say they have detained 22 individuals suspected of swindling millions in loans from European Union funds.
The detentions are a result of a coordinated operation led by Poland’s Central Bureau of Police Investigation (CBŚP) and involving 300 officers in several cities.
A total of 120 companies and apartments were searched during the massive police operation, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported on Wednesday.
All those detained have been charged with being part of an organised criminal group. Eleven have additionally been charged with money laundering.
Investigators believe the suspects swindled a total of PLN 68 million (EUR 16 million, USD 18 million) worth of EU loans for the purchase of specialist electronic equipment in cities including Warsaw and Poznań.
The suspects face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, the IAR news agency reported.