Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Six Months Suspended Prison Sentence For Former Evil Mayor

Former Mayor LR de La Gaude, near Nice, Michel Meini, who was prosecuted for failing to declare his taxes for several years in succession, was sentenced to six months suspended sentence by the Grasse Criminal Court on Wednesday.

The prosecution had demanded 10 months imprisonment suspended and 5,000 euros fine but no penalty of ineligibility against the elected, always regional councilor and bad repentant taxpayer.

"I am coming to the court without discarding ... I committed mistakes, at that time I did really anything," said Meini, 53, Self-accusing of "negligence" and "behavior that does not hold the road" and promising to sell an apartment to pay the sums due to the tax authorities.

When the incident broke out, he acknowledged the facts while explaining that he had suffered personal difficulties, as well as an "administrative phobia", like Secretary of State Thomas Thévenoud (ex-PS). The expression had earned M. de Thévenoud many taunts.

"Cease flogging us, we would like to understand", questions the president of the court Marc Joando, evoking the arrest of Mr. Meini near Geneva in 2010 with 20,000 euros in his pants originally from an account in Switzerland Opened by his father, facts unconnected with the case judged Wednesday.

"It is quite satisfactory to hear that Mr. Meini acknowledges his mistakes and that there are still people who assume their responsibilities," said the lawyer of the tax administration.

The tax authorities filed a complaint in 2016 after several reminders. He calculated that Mr. Meini had evaded a total of more than 66,000 euros in respect of income tax for the years 2009 to 2011 and the solidarity tax on fortune for the years 2011 to 2014, Penalties are added.

Mr. Meini was a lecturer in law and economics and a real estate agent in his professional life. He was mayor of La Gaude for nine years before resigning in February to prepare his defense.

In his place, since March, Bruno Bettati, his former first deputy, and brother of the regional councilor FN Olivier Bettati heads the commune of 6,500 inhabitants.

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