The Secretary General and the director of CPAS in Brussels were interviewed by the federal police as part of the Samusocial investigation, the Brussels prosecutor said on Thursday, confirming information from the daily, L’Écho. It has emerged over the last few weeks that members of the board of directors of Samusocial, a non-profit organisation which deals with the reception of homeless people in Brussels, were allocated attendance fees for meetings which may never have taken place.
The mayor of the City of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur (SP), and the president of CPAS, Pascale Peraïta (SP), thus received between 15,000 and 19,000 euros per year. The source of the money allocated to these remunerations could not be clearly established. The controversy provoked by these practices led to the resignation of Yvan Mayeur and Pascale Peraïta.
The Brussels prosecutor’s office announced last Friday that it had opened a judicial investigation into the case to determine whether any criminal offences had been committed as part of the management of the non-profit organisation. Several searches were also carried out on Monday afternoon in the offices of CPAS in connection with the Samusocial investigation.
In order to carry this out, the Brussels public prosecutor’s office placed a judge of inquiry under a mini-investigation before a full-fledged investigation was finally issued.