Áron Veres, the chairperson of the youth division of ruling party Fidesz, was found by police to be in possession of EUR 30,000 in counterfeit euro notes last week, Index.hu reports.
Veres’s capture took place alongside a much-publicized police raid aimed at apprehending illegal immigrants at Budapest’s Keleti (Eastern) Railway Station, when he gave a fake EUR 100 note to an unofficial money-changer who immediately notified the police officers on duty. Veres tried to flee but was apprehended, and the police found EUR 30,000 in counterfeit notes when they searched his apartment. (A picture of the notes can be seen on the official Hungarian police website.)
Veres said in his testimony that he got the fake euros from a man from Moldova, and regretted being “sold down the river” by him.
Fidesz quickly responded to the revelation by claiming that Veres had been excluded from the party in 2012, meaning he is no longer the chairperson of their youth division, and they “can take no responsibility for his actions.” Contrary to this, 444.hu writes that Veres spoke at a conference in 2014 February as chairperson, a position he still held last December according to a local newspaper in Zalaegerszeg.