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Fedpol imposes penalties in Postbus subsidy affair

The Federal Office of Police has imposed conditional fines and heavy fines on seven people in the PostBus subsidy fraud case. The conditions for custodial sentences are not met. The sentences are not yet legally binding.

Penalties were imposed on five people for benefit fraud and two people for failing to prevent benefit fraud. This was first reported online by "Blick" on Monday.

According to information on the website of the Federal Office of Police, the penalties include conditional fines of between CHF 56,000 and CHF 420,000 as well as unconditional fines of between CHF 12,000 and CHF 60,000. Those affected can appeal against the penalty notices.

The PostBus affair got rolling in the fall of 2017. At that time, the Federal Office of Transport (FOT) discovered during an ordinary audit that PostBus Switzerland had systematically concealed profits in regional passenger transport since 2007 through illegal rebookings and thus defrauded subsidies.

In December 2018 and January 2019, Swiss Post repaid the entire amount of 205.3 million francs to the federal government, cantons and municipalities. In the wake of the affair, all members of the Postbus Board of Directors resigned from their posts. Swiss Post CEO Susanne Ruoff also resigned in June 2018.

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