The State Audit Bureau uncovered suspicious transactions worth around 500,000 GEL (162,000 USD) by the Culture and Tourism Development Agency run by the Municipality of Gori during the period 2020-2021.
The Court of Auditors confirmed Civil.ge today that the funds had been funneled to personal accounts, but refrained from disclosing any identity.
He added that the audit is still ongoing and therefore the findings are not final.
The Bureau said it notified law enforcement agencies of the transactions.
The State Security Service, Georgia’s domestic intelligence agency, also responsible for investigating corruption cases, confirmed to several online media outlets that it has launched an investigation into the suspicious transactions.
The money was allegedly routed to gambling accounts
Formula TV, a government critic, claimed yesterday that an accountant with the Culture and Tourism Development Agency, Lela Tskrialashvili, funneled public funds to personal accounts at gambling services.
The TV channel claimed that the accountant was involved in a corruption scheme at Gori town hall and is currently the key witness in the SSG investigation.
Former Gori mayor Konstantine Tavzarashvili (2017-2021) and former head of Gori Culture and Tourism Development Agency Gela Kapanadze (2019-2021) denied knowledge of the alleged scheme in comments with TV formula.
Former Mayor Tavzarashvili further stated that he was not contacted by any investigators.
Kapanadze, seen arriving at the town hall in Gori yesterday, told reporters he had been summoned for an interview as part of the regular annual audit and was not aware of any details of the case embezzlement of public funds.
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