Marbella corruption suspect works for authority

27th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 September 2006, MALAGA — One of the leading suspects in Spain's biggest civic corruption scandal has started work for the regional government, it was reported on Wednesday.

27 September 2006

MALAGA — One of the leading suspects in Spain's biggest civic corruption scandal has started work for the regional government, it was reported on Wednesday.

Isabel Garcia Marcos, the former number two to the mayor of Marbella city council, will work as a medical inspector for Andalusia regional health authority.

The Spanish daily El Mundo reported how government sources revealed Marcos, who was only released from jail on 13 September, would take up a job she had occupied before.

Marcos was arrested in March along with 25 others including the Marbella mayor, the council's head of urban planning and the chief of the local police, in connection with a multi-billion euro corruption scandal.

Civic officials were granting illegal building permissions in return for huge bribes, it is alleged.

The scale of the scandal forced the central government in Madrid to dissolve Marbella city council.

On the terms of her EUR 60,000 bail, Marcos has not been banned from returning to work.

But the fact she has gone back to work for another local authority may raise some eyebrows.

She had been suspended from her job for two years for failing to go in despite being paid.

Marcos appealed against the decision of the authority which wanted her to return the monthly salary of about EUR 1,800 which she had claimed.

In connection with Marbella city council, she is accused of bribery, manipulating the price in public auction, fraud and extortion.

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Subject: Spanish news

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