AT LEAST 13 people have been arrested in connection with a corruption scandal believed to centre on the public-sector company Acuamed.
Part of the central government's ministry for the environment and agriculture, Acuamed (Aguas de las Cuencas Mediterráneas) is said to have 'committed breaches of regulations' in offering public works contracts for the construction, acquisition, maintenance and use of hydraulic works – hinting at possible bribery and favouritism.
Managing director Arcadio Mateo del Puerto, and the unnamed lady in charge of engineering and construction have been arrested along with 11 other key employees, all civil servants, during raids by the Guardia Civil on the company head office on the C/ Albasanz in Madrid and branches in the provinces of Valencia, Alicante and Murcia.
At present, police expect to arrest around 20 people just as a start, and to carry out at least 20 raids on branches and on the premises of companies contracted to carry out lucrative jobs for Acuamed.
Officers have already carried out 16 of these searches.
The so-called Operation Frontino is being led by the anti-corruption prosecution service and investigated by the Guardia Civil Central Operations Unit's Financial Crimes Group.
Further details are expected to be released shortly.