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Ex-vice president of tourism board jailed for embezzlement

González and Pérez embezzled more than €1.3m between them from 2007 to 2011

By Richard Torné

A former vice-president of the board of tourism and a secretary have been handed lengthy prison terms after being found guilty of embezzlement by a court in Almería, reports say.

Luis Pérez and former secretary María Teresa González served in Diputación between September 2007 and June 2011. During that period they, along with 12 other people, embezzled more than €2m of public money in what became known as the ‘invoices case’ (‘caso facturas’).

The 318-page sentence concludes that González and Pérez “agreed on a plan to siphon off public funds that belonged to the board of tourism” and spend the cash on themselves.


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