Cyprus Mail

Lavish parties, fraud and free jewellery at Ergates

The offices of the Community Council in Ergates

By Constantinos Psillides

POLICE raided the homes and offices of members of the former and current community council of Ergates village near Nicosia yesterday, following allegations of misappropriating community funds.

The raid took place after a letter was sent to the Attorney General’s office by the Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides, recounting a number of instances where the previous community council appears to have squandered community funds.

The village’s previous council is under investigation for, among other, throwing lavish parties at public expense and handing out jewellery to close relatives of the council members.

According to CyBC, a police investigation is still at an early stage and community council members are expected to be called in for questioning.

This is not the first time the village’s former council finds itself in deep water, as the Auditor General is also looking into the case of awarding a waste collection contract to a close relative of one of the council members without first inviting a tender.

Apart from the conflict of interest, it was later discovered that the contractor was allegedly dumping the rubbish in nearby fields and not at the public waste collection centre.

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