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Manilva mayoress resigns amid corruption allegations
20 October 2014 @ 20:08

A COSTA del Sol mayoress has resigned amid charges of corruption and nepotism.

Antonia Muñoz (pictured), leader of Manilva (Málaga) town council is believed to have given jobs and lucrative public works contracts to family members, in particular to a company owned by her husband, and to have made multi-million-euro transfers to firms her relatives may have been involved with out of public funds.

At least 470 cases of possible nepotism have been uncovered, as well as several suspected incidences of public fund fraud.

On one occasion the mayoress apparently paid a family member for overtime - 24 hours' worth in one day.

Sra Muñoz's sister and daughter-in-law have been employed by the mayoress as her department heads for foreign affairs and coordination in the case of the former, and promotion, image and protocol in the case of the latter.

And her daughter, who has been called to testify, was employed by the construction and planning firm El Hacho, owned and run by the council - an appointment which was reported at the time to the anti-corruption prosecution service.

Sra Muñoz is also under investigation for allegedly dubious expenses claims.

She is said to have used her council credit card, which is purely for work-related out-of-pocket costs, to spend two euros on an ice-cream, several breakfasts priced at 8.90 euros, and on one occasion 84.95 euros in a specialist coffee store.

Read more at thinkSPAIN

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