Police to monitor 12 Messina councillors in fraud probe

Councillors were being paid for meetings they didn't attend

(ANSA) - Messina, November 12 - Twelve councillors in Messina will have to present themselves to police before and after council hearings after an investigation revealed that some local politicians were taking payment for meetings they had not attended. The investigation was launched in November 2014 and used methods including wiretaps to uncover illegal conduct by a group of councillors in the Sicilian port city.
    Suspects are accused of abuse of office, fraud and fraudulent misrepresentation for allegedly receiving attendance fees when they did not show up to council meetings.
    Police are due to provide further details in a news conference on Thursday.


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