L'Humanite raided in EDF fraud probe

6th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 6 (AFP) - A French judge probing suspected corruption inside state-owned Electricite de France (EDF) ordered raids Tuesday of the offices of a Communist-owned newspaper, L'Humanite.

PARIS, July 6 (AFP) - A French judge probing suspected corruption inside state-owned Electricite de France (EDF) ordered raids Tuesday of the offices of a Communist-owned newspaper, L'Humanite.

Jean-Marie d'Huy, an investigating judge tasked with handling financial crimes, watched while police searched the premises in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, officers said.

The newspaper's advertisement booking department was the focus of the swoop, they said.

Allegations of embezzlement and fraud at EDF's employee-run social committee have led d'Huy to scrutinise the operations of the union that runs its funds, the Communist-based CGT.

Previous raids, carried out in April, targeted several EDF sites run by the social committee in an effort to find proof of overcharging, fraudulent employee records and the diversion of funds from the company's restaurants.

The investigation began when a former EDF executive lodged a police complaint in May 2003. Other former employees have since added to the list of alleged wrongdoings.

 

© AFP

 

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