- 11 Dec 2020 7:32 AM
- Hungary Matters
Imre Keresztes, the head of the Central Prosecutor’s Office of Investigations, told MTI the investigation was launched against a former MEP at the recommendation of the EU’s anti-fraud body, OLAF.
Szegedi was a Jobbik MEP between 2009 and 2012, and then sat in the EP as an independent until 2014.
According to the charges, he defrauded the EP’s budget by drawing up fake employment contracts and falsely claiming or overpricing travel and other expenses.
Some of Szegedi’s assistants acted as accomplices, the charges said. Szegedi denies the charges, while a former assistant has partially admitted to the crime, Keresztes said.
Fraud on such a scale is punishable by up to 10 years in prison under Hungarian law, the statement said.