POLICE today seized 15 officials and are set to arrest up to 90 people across Andalucia in a new phase of the Operation Edu crackdown.
Almeria, Cadiz and Malaga have been targeted in the Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit’s latest phase of its investigation into fraudulent activity in unemployment training courses.
The socialist ex-mayor of Jerez de la Frontera, Pilar Sanchez, has been detained along with 12 members of the PSOE, one from the PP and a priest.
Operation Edu – hailed as Spain’s ‘biggest ever fraud case’ – has seen Andalucian officials syphon over €1 billion of EU education funding using professional training courses.
The fraud scheme involved fake training courses paid for by regional government and the inscription of fictitious students for educational schemes.
Initial phases of the investigation saw 15 arrests in Malaga and Granada in July 2014 and further scrutiny connected to the scandal is set to continue under the title of ‘Edu Costa.’