Di­rec­tor of Di Natura, For­mer Mayor and coun­cil of­fi­cials all found not guilty of fraud

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

court cleared the Di­rec­tor of Di Natura, a so­lar en­ergy com­pany, of fraud and fal­si­fi­ca­tion of doc­u­ments in a gov­ern­ment so­lar panel grant scheme in San Lawrenz, Gozo.

An­other case re­lated to the al­le­ga­tions also cleared the for­mer mayor of the lo­cal­ity and five other for­mer coun­cil of­fi­cials of any wrong­do­ing.

The al­le­ga­tions, which date back to 2011, re­late to a scheme ap­proved by the San Lawrenz lo­cal coun­cil which of­fered sub­si­dies to pho­to­voltaic pan­els pro­vided by Di Natura.

The com­pany, which is owned by God­frey For­mosa, ap­plied for a ten­der which saw them of­fer PV pan­els with a 50% re­fund from the gov­ern­ment. The amount was capped at €3,000 and saw the coun­cil plan to ex­tend the scheme to 80 res­i­dences in the lo­cal­ity.

Noel For­mosa, the town’s pre­vi­ous mayor, claimed that ap­pli­cants would be pay­ing €4,000, how­ever the price on the in­voice would be marked at €6,000 in or­der to ben­e­fit from a €3,000 re­fund.

10 of Di Natura’s com­peti­tors claimed that the scheme of­fered was abu­sive and asked for it to be in­ves­ti­gated and sus­pended by the Malta Re­sources Au­thor­ity.

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