Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki is under evaluation by federal prosecutors over alleged extortion.
The investigation concerns potential irregularities about the reimbursement of traveling expenditures and payment of the everyday allowance.
Czarnecki, a veteran of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, was part of the European Parliament for 16 decades.
The former journalist can be recorded as a present member of the European Committee on Budgetary Control.
The prosecutor’s office is presently addressing the situation.
The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) verified to Euronews they had delivered an investigation file, comprising judicial recommendations, to Poland in May 2019.
“OLAF also made a recommendation to the European Parliament to regain amounts,” said a spokesperson.
Polish regional media reported that the investigation issues Czarnecki’s expenditures when he functioned as an MEP between 2009 and 2014.
According to the Polish everyday Rzeczpospolita, the European Parliament confirmed it has obtained final decisions from OLAF and will take”all necessary actions to regain the cash”.
By 2014 to 2018, Czarnecki functioned as a vice president of the Parliament however MEPs voted to eliminate him from the job after he compared a competing Polish parliament penis into a Nazi collaborator.
Euronews has reached out to Mr. Czarnecki and also the Polish prosecutor’s office for additional comment on the investigation but hadn’t got a response in the time of composing.
Former Polish MEP Janusz Wojciechowski was additionally investigated by OLAF in 2016 over the potential misuse of traveling and subsistence expenses.
Back in September, the European Anti-Fraud Office advocated the European Parliament recuperate an additional $11,000 from Mr. Wojciechowski and known for administrative principles on MEP reimbursements to be bolstered.
But, no disciplinary or judicial guidelines were created and the amount was paid in total.
In December, OLAF reported that over $500,000 of European Parliament funds were mistreated by members of 2 pan-European political circles.
Between 2010-2018, OLAF reasoned more than 1900 investigations and advocated the recovery of $6.9 billion to the EU budget.