A lawmaker of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party is turning to the European Union’s anti-fraud office OLAF over a case of EU funds that had allegedly been loaned to Csaba Czeglédy, a former Democratic Coalition (DK) MEP candidate who has been investigated in connection with corruption.
Gyula Budai told MTI on Sunday that Altus, a holding company owned by DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsány, had received 1.5 billion forints (EUR 4.2m) in EU funding which the former Socialist PM had used to lend money to Czeglédy on multiple occasions.
Budai said he had filed a criminal complaint this past week with the central investigating prosecutor’s office, as he believed it was “clear” that Altus had lent Czegledy EU monies.
Funds received from the EU cannot be transferred either in the form of loans or as support, he said, insisting that the case regarding Czeglédy “must be investigated”.
Budai noted that Czeglédy has been convicted of budget fraud and is under investigation for alleged involvement another major fraud case.
He said that DK MEP Klára Dobrev, Gyurcsány’s wife and then head of Altus, had lent money to Czeglédy in 2017 knowing that the loan would end up with a different company, as Czeglédy’s firm had been under liquidation.
In the featured photo: Csaba Czeglédy. Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI