Lara Comi, once a rising political star and a former MEP for Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, has been put under house arrest by the Italian police on Thursday (14 November) for alleged illegal financing and corruption. Comi, 36, was a very active MEP for two mandates (2009-2019).
The Italian prosecutor on the case said it was uncommon for someone of Comi’s age to use such criminal schemes aimed at providing a legal semblance to bribes, fraudulent subtraction of public money and illicit funding. Comi has previously denied any wrongdoing.
Two of the four charges concern fraud against the European Parliament. The first concerns a false consultancy contract with a member of her staff, and the second is the allegation that she cashed in €2,000 of the €3,000 that should have been allocated to her accredited press officer.
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