Monday, January 17

The mayor of Cholet in custody in an investigation into the compensation of elected officials

The inhabitants of Cholet (Maine-et-Loire) saw their town hall searched and their mayor, Gilles Bourdouleix (various right), placed in police custody, this Tuesday, June 11. Aged 61, the councilor must be heard in the context of an investigation into the compensation of elected officials.

The Angers public prosecutor, Eric Bouillard, said that the director general of services and the deputy director general were also placed in police custody in this case. The town hall had already been searched on August 18, but “we were missing elements”, adds the magistrate.

The town hall targeted by three investigations

Last year, three separate investigations were opened concerning the town hall of Cholet and entrusted to the judicial police of Angers. Two were launched in the first quarter of 2021, for the irregular use of weapons in the city’s municipal police and for a call for tenders dating from 2020 concerning the village hall.

The third and final investigation relates to suspicions of misappropriation, that is to say of illicit collection of money by an official. It is linked to a complaint from the anti-corruption association Anticor, filed before the summer and which aimed “to calculate the compensation for elected officials since 2008”.

It is therefore within the framework of these latest investigations that Gilles Bourdouleix, mayor of Cholet since 1995, was placed in police custody today. According to the Angers prosecutor’s office, the complaint filed by Anticor evokes “three million euros of overpayment for 12 years”.

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