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Canada Sarthe. The former Imam of Allonnes suspected of social benefit fraud

14:35  29 october  2020
14:35  29 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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La police judiciaire enquête sur un imam suspecté d’avoir fraudé aux prestations sociales (photo d’illustration). © Archives OUEST FRANCE The judicial police are investigating an imam suspected of having defrauded social benefits (photo illustration).

According to Europe 1, the former Imam of Allonnes (Sarthe) has been taken into police custody in eastern France. He is suspected of having defrauded several thousand euros in social benefits. The investigation was entrusted to the police of Angers (Maine-et-Loire). He was also said to have benefited from an undeclared € 150,000 paid by Saudi Arabia.

It is Europe 1 which reveals the case this Wednesday, October 28 : a man who was in the past imam at the mosque of Allonnes , in Sarthe , was taken into custody, in following an investigation opened by the prosecution of Mans . According to our information, this police custody is ongoing in eastern France.

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This investigation was entrusted to the SRPJ (Regional Judicial Police Service) of Angers , responsible for the department of Sarthe. According to the radio, the man was arrested on Tuesday, October 27, as well as his ex-girlfriend who was released.

The man was no longer established in Sarthe but in the department of Haute-Saône.

€ 150,000 paid by Saudi Arabia

This man of French nationality, considered by the French intelligence services to be close to the Salafist milieu, is accused of having defrauded to collect € 40,000 in social allowances between 2015 and 2018. He is also suspected of having, during the same period, received € 150,000, not declared, paid by the Saudi Arabian Embassy in France, at the rate of € 3,000 paid each month. In particular, the investigation will have to determine the purpose of these payments.

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