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Police search offices of Larnaca sewerage board

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Police searched offices of the Larnaca Sewerage Board (SAL) over the weekend after an official investigation was launched following allegations of squandering public funds from possible overpayments to contractors.

With the presence of SAL staff and deputy police chief, investigators collected documents and electronic files from the offices following findings by Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides that more than €10 million in taxpayers money appeared to have been squandered by SAL in payments to private contractors.

The allegations involve three contracts over the Larnaca sewerage and another two that will be investigated, from a total of 19. Police arrived in civilian clothes and unmarked vehicles, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

Similar investigations are also pending for the Nicosia Sewerage Board. In Paphos, the former mayor Savvas Vergas and the board’s formed director have already been jailed for six years while five others, including EDEK MP Fidias Sarikas will stand trial for their involvement in the city’s own sewerage scandal.

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