By James Bryce
A MAYOR who borrowed 1.5 million euros from a lottery winner to pay council workers could face a 10-year ban from office.
Los Barrios mayor Jorge Romero agreed the loan at an eye-watering interest rate of 28 per cent a year.
Partido Andalucista mayor Romero is now accused of perverting the course of justice after fellow councillors presented a denuncia to an Algeciras court.
The town hall must pay the interest – 420,000 euros – on April 1 to the Algeciras-based winner, who scooped six million euros on the ONCE lottery.
Romero found the willing lender on the internet after searching social networking sites.
He was however warned against taking the loan, a practice known as ‘factoring’.
Having chosen to ignore the advice, the mayor now faces charges relating to the misuse of public money and simulating a contract.