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Bernard Laporte in police custody for money laundering of aggravated tax fraud


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The strong man of French rugby was placed in police custody on Tuesday, January 24 in a case of money laundering of aggravated tax fraud.

The former stronghold of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), currently retired from office, is once again making headlines. Bernard Laporte was placed in police custody this Tuesday, January 24 for laundering of aggravated tax fraud, indicated the national financial prosecutor’s office, confirming information from The Team.

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Two other people were also taken into custody in this case.

This new case concerning the native of Rodez comes a month after he decided to withdraw from the presidency of the French rugby federation, under pressure from the Ministry of Sports and the ethics committee.

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A decision which followed his two-year suspended prison sentence for passive corruption, influence peddling, illegal taking of interests, concealment of abuse of corporate assets and abuse of corporate assets. Bernard Laporte had appealed against his conviction.

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This new case is not likely to improve the image of the FFR at a time when the world of rugby is voting by referendum to induct or not Patrick Buisson as interim president of the federation. Ironically, this candidate that Laporte has appointed to ensure his succession has made his entire campaign on maintaining this management team in the name of general serenity.

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