September 18th, 2009

District mayor’s assets frozen as investigation into property scam extended

The assets of Seventh District mayor György Hunvald have been frozen, the Central Investigative Prosecutor’s Office announced.

The Office has extended until February its investigation into property scams in the district, which has roped in 21 suspects, including Hunvald.

The mayor was detained in February and is suspected of dereliction of duty, abuse of office and bribery.

Hunvald purchased a Ft 100 million villa and had it restored in Keszthely, but it is not included in his statement of assets. He also owns a 79m2 flat in the Seventh District and has usufruct of another property in the district. This year he included a vintage Jaguar and a Trabant 601 on his statement of assets, but documents show he has no savings, only debts of Ft 36 million.

Hunvald still receives a monthly salary of Ft 181,000 as a member of the supervisory board of the Municipal Drainage Works and nearly the same sum as chairman of the supervisory board of Budapest Wholesale Market.

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