Cash for permits scandal deepens

LAST UPDATED: 16 Dec, 2007 @ 08:03
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CASH payments in return for favours have come to light during bribary and corruption investigations in Alhaurin el Grande.

It is understood that property developers may be behind over 150,000 euros of cash payments made to the former mayor Juan Martin Seron.

The PP mayor and his wife are alleged to have taken the money in a series of payments in return for giving developers the green light for projects.

The couple used a separate company Martin y Santos SL to launder the money, which in 2006 alone came to 34,000 euros, in six different lumps.

The mayor has been charged with corruption along with Planning boss Gregorio Guerra and 14 local businessmen.

The Troya investigation is likely to see the former mayor and a number of the other accused sent to prison for up to 20 years.

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