Corrupt cash call on the Costa Del Sol

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MONEY RECOVERY: Muñoz (inset) presented her motion to the Spanish Senate CREDIT: Spanish Senate, via Twitter

MARBELLA’S mayor has called on Spain’s government to help the city recover hundreds of millions of euros lost to corruption and residents may have an influence on how it is spent.

Angeles Muñoz, who is also a conservative Partido Popular (PP) senator for Malaga Province in Spain’s Parliament, said there was still more than €300 million missing from city coffers.

Muñoz added she had tabled a motion with the Senate’s Local Entities Commission which called for all available resources to be used to recover “every last euro” extorted from Marbella.

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“We will get justice for Marbella by regaining its lost money for the residents of the city,” she said.

Muñoz said a total of around €40 million had been recovered following convictions in corruption cases since 2012.

This year’s national budget also allowed the council to keep more money in city coffers. Locals are set to be polled on about 20 proposed projects as part of the city’s participatory budget.

Marbella City Council said it expected to recover a further €20 to €30 million before the end of the year.

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