Provincial party chairman Mario Kunasek informed in a broadcast: “The leadership of the FPÖ Styria has been informed by the former finance officer of the FPÖ Graz about a voluntary report that was submitted to the Graz public prosecutor. According to the letter, a former employee of the Freedom Community Council Club has for several years alienated public funds for his personal purposes. This resulted in damage of several hundred thousand euros. ”Kunasek also wrote that the man had made a comprehensive confession. The ex-FPÖ man transferred the sum to an account with the Graz public prosecutor’s office in order to repay the damage. The money is said to have been diverted from the accused over a period of around ten years.
Kunasek also announced that the former finance officer of the city party had announced his exit from the FPÖ in writing. “In addition to the auditors of the FPÖ, a well-known auditing firm will now also check the conduct of the FPÖ Graz. The primary goal is to completely clear up the allegations and to determine the actual damage. After all, it is about public funds ”, the former blue defense minister is quoted in the“ Kleine Zeitung ”. Kunasek had to try to limit misconduct in the Graz city group for the second time within two weeks. At the end of October, the Graz FPÖ top with still-Vice Mayor Mario Eustacchio and club chairman Armin Sippel withdrew after several revelations about extra fees (eXXpress reported). They renounced their mandates in the coming legislative period.
“One thing is certain: The FPÖ Graz was damaged due to an individual misconduct. The FPÖ Styria will join any proceedings as a private party and will cooperate with the investigating authorities. In addition, a resolution was passed in the regional party presidium that in future guidelines on financial management and control mechanisms should be set up at the level of the FPÖ Graz in order to prevent cases of abuse of this kind, ”concluded the liberal state chief.