The prosecution has opened an investigation into yet another contract award in Orihuela, in which it is once again alleged that the former ruling Partido Popular government may have split contracts into smaller amounts so as to circumvent the public tender process.
This latest case revolves around the total award of 369,267.50 euro for work to convert the Palacio Sorzano de Tejada into a museum. Following a complaint by the current PSOE – Los Verdes government coalition, the prosecutor wishes to ascertain why the amount was divided between 5 different companies, despite the work being in the same building and for the same project.
According to the complaint made in September, the division f the work could have been designed to circumvent the need for a public tender that would have allowed the free competition of enterprises, in accordance with the law on procurement in the public sector.
The prosecutor has requested all documents relating to this latest complaint for work between 2010 and 2011, whilst the municipality was under the management of Mayor Mónica Lorente, and cites Pepa Ferando, as well as David Costa and Rodríguez Barberá.
If found to be true, this would be another case of fraud similar to other ongoing investigations, and will be yet another black mark against the Partido Popular, following their latest refusal to vote in an anti-corruption motion in this month´s plenary, and the suspension and near expulsion of the current party leader, Pepa Ferrando, as a result.
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