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Spain's top anti-piracy Tsar jailed for embezzlement

Source: BoingBoing.net - Sat 15th Nov 2014
Spain's top anti-piracy Tsar jailed for embezzlement

Pedro Farré was head of corporate relations for the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores, and he falsified €40K worth of receipts for all night binges where he consumed Champagne and sexual services at brothels, claiming the funds were spent entertaining and meeting with senior cops, journalists, and academics.

The former CFO of SGAE, Ricardo Azcoaga, was imprisoned for complicity in the embezzlement, having covered up Farré's spending.

To carry out his work the anti-piracy chief had been given a credit card by SGAE to cover legitimate business expenses. However, Farré ran up bills on the VISA card in numerous visits to brothels where he used it to withdraw cash from the premises which he spent on champagne and prostitutes.

According to Publico.es, evidence at trial revealed that on at least once occasion Farré had taken a booth at a brothel "..at five in the afternoon and left at six o'clock the next day, consuming drinks, champagne, and frequently changing girls."

All told, Farré ran up bills of almost 40,000 euros ($50,000) on the SGAE card, falsifying receipts as he went. He claimed that money had been spent on meals with guests, entertaining the police commissioner, financing meetings with journalists and holding a university seminar.

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