6 suspended for water billing fraud

The municipality has suspended six accounts and water billing officers over suspected fraud involving thousands of dollars. The accused allegedly demand bribes from defaulting ratepayers and clandestinely cancelled debts owed by some residents. Other unspecified amounts of money were reportedly either allocated to some department officers or siphoned out under unclear circumstances.

Inside sources said the scandal could have prejudiced the local authority of some $70,000 over the last decade. The six are expected to appear before a council disciplinary committee soon.

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