The Prosecutor’s Office of Western Finland on Monday announced it has decided to bring criminal charges against a total ten people for their suspected involvement in a decades-long scheme to pilfer coins from parking meters in Turku, South-west Finland.
The City of Turku has estimated that its employees illegally pocketed over 1.6 million euros while emptying parking meters.
The National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) determined in its pre-trial investigation that the city lost approximately 875,000 euros as a result of the fraudulent scheme between 2007 and 2017. The criminal activities, however, are believed to have begun already in the mid-1990s and continued until the arrests of the two main suspects in October, 2017.
The suspects will face charges including aggravated fraud, aggravated theft and money laundering.
The Prosecutor’s Office also revealed that the offenders received help from an outsider for some of the illegal activities and that an additional seven people participated in hiding, converting and spending the stolen money.
The City of Turku opened an internal audit into its processes and outsourced the handling of parking meter proceeds immediately after the criminal suspicions were made public in November, 2017, according to Helsingin Sanomat and Turun Sanomat.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Handout/National Bureau of Investigation (KRP)
Source: Uusi Suomi