Ex-Andalucian tax boss arrested in €2 billion corruption scandal

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Ex-Andalucian tax boss arrested in €2 billion corruption scandal

A FORMER Andalucian tax office chief has been arrested as part of Spain’s ‘biggest ever fraud case’.

Angel Ojeda has been charged with forgery, fraud and improper appropriation as part of Operation Oscar, one of many investigations into the scandal.

The corruption outrage – which involved hundreds of professional training courses – saw Andalucian officials allegedly siphon off more than €2 billion of EU education funding.

Police claim that Ojeda’s business network had illegally obtained €49.8 million – intended as funding for training courses – and expect this figure to grow as the investigation continues.

The police report claims Ojeda was leading a ‘very complex business network consisting of more than 50 companies, foundations and associations’ that had received ‘tens of millions of euros’ from the Andalucian government.

Eight other people – all linked to Ojeda and his network – were arrested, including his son, Marcos Ojeda.

The arrest comes just a month after the arrest of 15 more Andalucian officials as part of connected investigation Operation Edu.

Those arrested included father-son team Pablo Andres Viedma Hurtado – president of the Axarquia Association of Training and Employment – and Eduardo Viedma Hurtado.

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