Monday, March 09, 2009

Corruption scandal at National Bank of Poland

Eight people, including an official of the National Bank of Poland, suspected of giving and receiving bribes in exchange for fixing tenders, have been arrested by the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau.

Among the detained is the head of the IT department of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) Jan L.

The Polish Press Agency informs that the suspicious tenders concerned the servicing and repairs of IT equipment in NBP. In exchange for tender fixing Jan L. allegedly received money companies in Wroclaw, western Poland.

Apart from Jan L. CBA has arrested the two owners of the company and five other people who acted as middlemen in the transfer of the bribes.

“The suspects owned up to the charges and gave comprehensive evidence,” said Malgorzata Klaus of the public prosecutors’ office in Wroclaw.

According to the prosecutors’, the corruption practice lasted for seven years between 2001 and 2008. The NBP official was to receive some 350,000 zlotys (some 72,000 euros) in bribes.