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Patrick and Isabelle Balkany sentenced to four and a half and three and a half years in prison for laundering tax fraud


The Paris Court of Appeal has ruled once again in the resounding case which earned the former city councilors of Levallois-Perret their political banishment and nearly a year of detention for Patrick Balkany.

The Paris Court of Appeal on Monday sentenced the former Hauts-de-Seine city councilors Patrick and Isabelle Balkany respectively to four and a half and three and a half years in prison, a fine of 100,000 euros and 10 years of ineligibility for tax evasion laundering.

At the end of a third trial devoted solely to the length of the sentences, the court also ordered a total confusion of these sanctions with those of three years of imprisonment pronounced in the tax evasion aspect of the Balkany case.

The justice examined this case in two stages.

In a first part, that of tax evasion, the former mayor LR and his ex-first deputy, 74 and 75 years old today, have been definitively sentenced since March 2020 to three years in prison and ten years of ineligibility .

The couple was serving this first sentence under an electronic bracelet until this measure was canceled in February 2022 due to numerous shortcomings.

The former baron of Hauts-de-Seine, who had spent five months in prison in 2019-2020, was reincarcerated for six months.

13 million euros hidden

It is in the second part that the decision of this Monday intervenes.

In May 2020, the former city councilors were sentenced to five and four years in prison, a fine of 100,000 euros each and, again, a decade of ineligibility, for aggravated laundering of tax fraud and false declaration to the High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP).

They were found guilty of having concealed between 2007 and 2014 some 13 million euros in tax assets, including two sumptuous villas in the Caribbean and Morocco.

Patrick Balkany was also sentenced for illegal taking of interests, the justice having considered that he had benefited from "

personal advantages

" in kind within the framework of a large real estate contract of the city of Levallois-Perret.

Against this second conviction, the Balkanys appealed to the Court of Cassation which, if it definitively confirmed their guilt, ordered a new trial solely on the amount of the penalties.

Source: lefigaro

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