Puteaux mayor’s bars: Five people charged with tax evasion or money laundering
Five people have been charged in the case of the “102 gold bars” of the mayor of Puteaux (Hauts-de-Seine) Joëlle Ceccaldi-Raynaud, who is particularly suspected of having passed undeclared funds to her daughter, sources familiar to AFP learned on Thursday with the thing.
Former deputy and mayor LR, who denies the facts, has been charged with aggravated tax evasion in this case since December 2020.
The new charges, announced between April and August, are against his children Vincent Franchi and Emilie Franchi and his son-in-law Vincent Laviec. They also target Didier Ben Sadoun, account manager at the time of the events, and Olivier Ben Sadoun, former sports director at Puteaux town hall.
All face tax evasion charges, some with aggravating circumstances such as the organized gang, sources close to the case told AFP, which Nanterre prosecutors confirmed. Emilie Franchi and Vincent Laviec are also suspected of tax evasion.
Ms Ceccaldi-Raynaud is specifically accused of transferring undeclared funds to her daughter into an account in Luxembourg, including 102 gold bars valued at the time at two million euros and almost €865,000 in cash. According to the mayoress, these bars came from an inheritance from her Corsican grandmother.
For Baptiste de Fresse de Monval, lawyer for Ms. Franchi and Mr. Laviec, his client is “the victim” and her husband “the turkey of farce”: Ms. Ceccaldi-Raynaud’s daughter, “very young” at the time of facts ( 1920s) would have only obeyed her family, while her husband “would have discovered this affair when he married Emilie Franchi”. His clients “did everything to normalize the situation”.
The son, Vincent Franchi, currently deputy mayor of Puteaux, was charged with money laundering in May. That departmental adviser denied, and assured AFP that he only held a proxy role for that account.
It was her grandfather, Charles Ceccaldi-Raynaud, former MP and personality of Puteaux who died in 2019, who submitted this famous report to the judiciary in 2008. He then quarreled with his daughter Joëlle about the town hall.
Then, in 2015, Mediapart revealed that this account, now in Emilie Franchi’s name, had been emptied in 2008. An investigation was launched in 2016, which was transferred to an investigating judge in 2019.
In 2021, Olivier Ben Sadoun, former sports director of the town hall, told Mediapart that he had transported some of the bars and witnessed numerous withdrawals of money and their return to France. He was charged last August.
In May 2022, his brother Didier Ben Sadoun, account manager, was also charged. Her lawyer could not be reached.
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