‘Lost’ Sarkozy Cash Records ‘Found’ By Police, Show Illegal Transactions
July 8, 2010
France (ChattahBox) – As part of the investigation into the finances of rich Frenchwoman Lilian Bettencourt, President Nicolas Sarkozy is now being looked at for possibly illegal cash payments he received.
The documents that are supposed to show these transactions were allegedly ‘lost’, as Bettencourt told police. But they were once again ‘found’ by detectives, who now have the records that they say prove corruption in the Sarkozy presidency.
According to the the Telegraph, accountant for the L’Oreal heiress, Claire Thibout, told police that she had been sent on several occasions to retrieve large sums of cash, which were stuffed into manilla envelopes and given to the president at regular intervals.
The amounts withdrawn tended to be between €50,000 and €100,000, which were then listed on record as being for things like “bookbinding” and “food shopping”. This, Bettencourt’s lawyer claims, proves that the money did not go to any nefarious cause.
But authorities are not buying this, noting that it would be easy enough to lie about where the funds were going. After all, who would specifically put “bribing politicians” under the memo of a bank document?
This scandal follows on the heels of another, which found that senior minister and treasurer Eric Woerth asked Bettencourt to hire his wife for a position in her financial staff. Mrs. Woerth resigned last month, when these allegations came to light.