The regional press talks about a preliminary investigation against the president of Lille European Metropolis for misappropriation of public funds, a former mayor of Le Touqet convicted for conflict of interest, and Total Direct Énergie victim of fraud by sales agents in Dunkirk.
Lille: Médiacités publishes details of the preliminary investigation against the president of Lille European Metropolis
The news and investigation website Médiacités disclosed the details of the preliminary investigation against the president of Lille European Metropolis (MEL). The investigation aims to determine whether Damien Castelain has committed acts of misappropriation of public funds, favouritism and conflict of interest.
According Médiacités, the police investigators have concluded that some personal expenses of the president have been paid by the MEL. The investigation website gives details about these expenses, while M. Castelain’s defence denounces a breach of confidentiality of the investigation.
Le Touquet: a former mayor convicted for conflict of interest in the affair of the airport hangars
The Court of Boulogne-sur-Mer gave its decision in the affair of the Le Touquet airport’s hangars. Philippe Cotrel, former mayor of Touquet (1995-2001) and delegate-general of the airport, and a business man were charged with conflict of interest. The first one would have favoured the second one by assigning an operating license while they had been business partners in a company.
The former mayor has been found guilty but not punished, while the business man was acquitted
Dunkirk: 3 sales agents working for Total Direct Énergie conclude fake contracts
During the past weeks, some individuals around Dunkirk have seen their energy contract closed and a new contract opened with Total Direct Énergie, while they had not signed any document nor had they ever contacted with the energy provider. Some contracts have even been “signed” by people who passed away several years ago.
Total Direct Énergie has investigated the case and says it is victim of the fraudulent acts of three sales agents. These employees of a service provider have realized fake contracts without the customers knowledge. The fraudsters were trying to increase their sales and their commissions. They have been suspended by Total Direct Énergie.