• Spain's news in English
Seven people arrested each day in Spain for corruption
Archive photo of someone getting handcuffed. Photo: Tar Sands Blockade/Flickr Creative Commons.

Seven people arrested each day in Spain for corruption

Emma Anderson · 18 Feb 2016, 17:18

Published: 18 Feb 2016 17:18 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Feb 2016 17:18 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The overall number of people arrested on corruption charges dropped between 2014 and 2015 from 2,743 to 2,442.

But last year’s figures are still more than six times higher than in 2010 - and mean than nearly seven Spaniards were arrested for corruption for each day of 2015. About 1,100 corruption cases are still ongoing.

Number of arrests for corruption

From the Spanish Interior Ministry report.

Over the past three years, more than 7,000 people have been slapped with handcuffs over corruption allegations. 

The Spanish Government “has been forceful and determined to fight against corruption in our country over the past legislature,” Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz wrote in the report.

The type of corruption that most commonly goes unnoticed is social security fraud (16.3 percent of cases), according to the report, followed by public finance fraud (8.1 percent).

Bribery made up 12.5 percent of corruption cases and embezzlement made up 8.2 percent.

The National Police and Guardia Civil investigated 6,488 businesses last year, finding 2,057 of them to have evidence of violations, including 847 fictitious companies.

They also investigated nearly 11,500 workplaces for labour violations, of which 4,616 were suspected of violating the Law of Foreigners.

In total, the report stated that fraud cases added up to nearly €80 million.

The interior ministry also reported that 445 groups and 18,463 people were investigated for organized crime last year. More than 60 percent of the groups were “totally dismantled”.

A number of high-profile corruption and fraud cases are ongoing in Spain now, including the trial of the king’s sister, Princess Cristina, who is accused of tax evasion over her husband’s business dealings.

READ: 10 corruption scandals that will take your breath away

Story continues below…

The conservative Popular Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has faced a series of corruption probes, including a raid last week of the headquarters. Madrid party leader Esperanza Aguirre resigned in the wake of the raids.

Executives of a prominent chain of dental offices that serves millions of patients also fell into hot water this week when they were arrested over money laundering and tax fraud.

A report last month concluded that Spain was one of the most corrupt countries in the European Union.

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Emma Anderson (emma.anderson@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Two-headed shark born in Spanish laboratory
Scientists are studying the rare find. Photo: IBIMA / University of Malaga

Scientists at the University of Malaga found the embryo of a shark with two heads and just one body.

Spain under pressure to stop refuel of Russian warships
Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is due to arrive in Ceuta. Photo: Mil Ru / Wikimedia

Spain is facing international pressure to refuse permission for a Russian warship flotilla to refuel in Ceuta en route to continuing airstrikes against the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Most wanted: Fugitive rapist arrested in Tenerife
Mohammed Jahangir Alam was arrested n Tenerife. Photo: Crimestoppers.

Mohammed Jahangir Alam, one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, who fled the country in 2008 after allegedly raping a woman, was found working in Tenerife.

Spain's Rajoy says king has tasked him with forming govt
Photo: AFP

Spain's king on Tuesday tasked Mariano Rajoy with forming a government, taking the acting conservative prime minister a step closer to power again after a 10-month political deadlock.

Two imams arrested in Ibiza resort over 'Isis support'
The men were arrested in the resort of Sant Antoni de Portmany. Photo: Jose A / Flickr

Two Moroccan imams at a mosque on the Spanish resort island of Ibiza were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of backing the Islamic State group and inciting jihad.

Balearic Islands choose to keep summertime forever
The islands will have longer evenings during winter. Photo: AFP

The Balearic Islands want to keep summertime when the rest of Spain turns the clocks back on Sunday.

  Brazilian had 'uncontrollable desire to kill': Spain police
Francois Patrick Nogueira Gouveia has been charged with murdering his uncle, his wife and their two children. Photo: Guardia Civil.

A Brazilian teenager accused of dismembering his uncle and aunt and killing their two young sons in a grisly crime that shocked Spain had an "uncontrollable desire to kill", police said on Monday.

Man rescued from bin after climbing in to find old clothes
Photo: Policía Local Murcia

Police were called after passersby reported hearing a man calling for help from within a rubbish bin in the Vistabella neighbourhood of Murcia, southern Spain.

Spain faces crucial week as conservatives re-take power
Mariano Rajoy hopes to form a government this week. Photo: AFP

Spain entered a crucial week as acting conservative PM Mariano Rajoy prepared to re-take power, ending ten rollercoaster months without government marked by hope and disillusion.

Eight very creepy Halloween costumes ideas from Spain
Photo: Pan's Labyrinth

Forget flamenco dancers and bullfighters, The Local counts down the freakiest alternative costume ideas to dress up in this Halloween.

Analysis & Opinion
Out of the dark: Five years on from Eta ceasefire
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Spanish 'La Mafia' restaurants banned after Italian complaint
Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Hunt launched for ten most wanted Brit fugitives hiding out in Spain
Napflix: Spaniards launch very boring TV channel for siestas
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
jobs available