Major Anticorruption Case Reveals Potential Traffic Signal Fraud
Almost 600 officers from the National Police are involved in an investigation linked to municipal councils installing traffic systems, including traffic lights, radar controls and others.
The investigation has led officers to look into councils run by different political bodies in Madrid, Asturias, Castilla y León, Aragón, Andalucía, Comunidad Valenciana and Cataluña.
So far, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office has ordered more than fifty arrests among which there are Mayors, councillors, several local police chiefs, municipal technicians and individuals linked to the company awarded the municipal contracts.
During Tuesday morning, nearly a hundred searches were set to be carried out in town halls, other agencies, private companies and homes, according to police sources.
Investigators traced the alleged irregular concession of public contracts throughout Spain to Gespol SL, currently part of the Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales group, which is dedicated to the development of computer applications for the management of databases of municipal police, the telematic traffic control and the placement of radars.
In exchange for these municipal concessions those responsible for them entered significant amounts of money , damaging the rest of the companies that bid for public awards. The plot took years to act so the benefits obtained by the corrupt are important.
The investigation has revealed potential cases across Spain, including town halls in the municipalities of Alcobendas, Arroyomolinos, Fuenlabrada, Majadahonda, Parla, Pinto, Torrelodones and Villanueva in Madrid; Illescas in Toledo; Lérida y Mollet del Vallès and Tiana in Cataluña; Huesca and Teruel in Aragón; León, Plasencia, Palencia, San Andrés del Rabanedo and Villaquilambre in Castilla y León and Oviedo in Asturias.
Likewise, information requirements have been made in the Provincial Council of Alicante and in the municipalities of Mataró, Montgat, Pineda de Mar, Premià de Mar, Rubí, Aldea del Fresno, Brunete, El Escorial, Galapagar, Manzanares el Real, Valdemorillo, La Cistérniga , El Puig, Gandia, Logroño, O’Grove, Sant Vicent del Raspeig and Vitoria.
The case has investigated possible crimes of bribery, influence peddling, prevarication, negotiations prohibited to officials, disclosure of official secrets, misappropriation of public funds, crimes against public finances, money laundering and membership of a criminal organization.