The number of arrests made by French coppers investigating theft from President Nicolas Sarkozy's online bank account has risen to six, as three more suspects were nicked on Wednesday.
Sarkozy, keeping a watchful eye on his ‘sous’ during the global financial crisis, called in police when he began noticing small amounts of dosh disappearing from his bank account. It seemed thieves had managed to get hold of Mr Le President’s online banking passwords, and had proceeded to siphon off the cash, hoping he wouldn’t notice.
Apparently the pognon taken from Sarko’s Neuilly suburb Paris account was then used by the arnaquers to top up their mobile phone subscriptions.
Five of the six suspects worked in a mobile phone shop in the French city of Rouen, with two of those arrested yesterday “suspected of having participated knowingly in opening fraudulent phone accounts” according to an AFP source.
The third voyou arrested Wednesday is “suspected of having requested the opening of the accounts,” according to the same source.
A report on French news site Mediapart claimed the Prez’s papa and ex wife were also targeted by the account robbers, making it highly unlikely that the thieves had obtained the account details 'just by chance'.
Still, with Mr Sarkozy’s £195,000-a-year salary, you would think the French President could surrender a bit of his wealth, non?
According to the Time Online UK...
The inquiry, launched last month after it emerged that he had lost €170 from his account, took a new twist when police discovered that Paul Sarkozy de Nagy-Bosca, the President’s father, and Marie-Dominique Culioli, his first wife, were also victims of the fraud.
The discovery blew apart an initial French police theory that the hackers had stumbled upon Mr Sarkozy’s account by chance. "That now seems very unlikely," said a police source.
Detectives from the elite Paris Police Financial Brigade believe he was targeted deliberately, and are attempting to determine why.