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Fraud scandal hits Belgian police

10 June 2004

BRUSSELS – Two hundred police officers in the southern Belgian town of Charleroi are being investigated in connection with a major fraud scandal, it was reported on Thursday.

La Derniere Heure newspaper said that Charleroi’s police chief has launched a major enquiry into allegations that officers bought consumer goods with police funds. 

The police officers involved in the scam apparently used police order forms to buy goods including clothes and torches.

But instead of using the purchases for police business, they kept them.

The fraud appears very similar to a scandal also under investigation at the moment , which involves the Belgian army.

In that case too military personnel and civilian contractors used taxpayers’ money to buy private goods.

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Subject: Belgian news