THE records of over 6,000 public employees are being scrutinised after the Junta was linked to a sleazy 647 million euro early-retirement fraud.
Resignation calls are flooding in after it emerged that at least 70 people were falsely listed as company employees in order to defraud public funds.
It comes after former employment minister Francisco Guerrero admitted the Junta had used a ‘slush fund’ to pay bogus employees for early retirement between 2001 and 2010.
Many of them had never even worked there, but still received cash payoffs.
In the so-called ERE retirement scandal, names were often simply added to the lists of companies that were going into liquidation or failing.
The workers were then given early retirement as part of so-called ‘staff cutbacks’.
Much of the money, it is understood, came from direct grants from the EU.
A spokesman for the PP party Esteban Gonzalez said: “This is the biggest fraudulent use of public money in Spain.
“We want to know the whole truth and this has only just begun.”
The Junta has agreed to cooperate and is investigating its own records.
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