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Four years imprisonment, €63,000 fine on bribery at Fisheries Department

Francis Caruana was sentenced to four years in prison and fined €63,000 after he was found guilty in the Criminal Court of bribery and of laundering Government owned money.

The case goes back to 2014 when Caruana, who worked at the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, was charged with misappropriation of Government money and, through his position, took personal advantage on credit papers and department documents, and also to the detriment of persons and entities connected with fisheries.

It emerged in Court that Caruana laundered some €32,000 and misappropriated for his personal profit or for other persons, the sum of more than €2,329 to the detriment of the Government. Caruana had used fake names and qualifications, and bribed persons with presents, money and promises.

The Court said that the accused duty was to monitor and stop bribery or money laundering at the Fisheries Department and instead, he exploited and abused his position on a period of years.

Caruana admitted all charges against him, with the Court sentencing him to four years imprisonment, a €63,000 fine, the confiscation of a property with the value of €31,592 as civil debt and also ordered him to pay €10,730 in court expenses.

The case was presided by Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech, while Inspector Anne Marie Xuereb led the prosecution.