STAFF REPORTER
MAJORCAN Unionist party spokesperson and ex Council of Majorca Environment Director, Catalina Julve, has distanced herself from investigations being made into an alleged local government corruption scandal.

So-called “Operation Cloaca” has revealed false accounting and the charging of commission by the Environment department for the collection and disposal of solid urban waste material that reportedly led to a fraud amounting to a million euros, every year since 2005.

Julve claimed she had nothing to do with the fraud. “Of course I signed invoices during the period under investigation but I did so without realising there was any illegal activity attached to the paperwork. I had 300 civil servants working for me at the time,” she said.

Julve also stated she in no way altered existing contracts to benefit companies who were managing the urban waste, amongst them, Tirme. Her statements come after Wednesday's arrest of Gabriel Perelló who was the industrial engineer in charge of overseeing invoices related to urban waste collection and of managing selective rubbish containers.

Julve insisted that neither Perelló or any representatives of the contract companies came to her to suggest irregular dealings.
Yesterday morning, officers from the Fraud Squad and public prosecutors Pedro Horrach and Miguel Angel Subirán sealed off the offices of the Council of Majorca Environment department in Palma as well as those of private firms in Inca and Manacor. A number of files relating to the companies under scrutiny were seized.

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