A chief expert at the State Fund for Agriculture, who blackmailed an agricultural producer from the village of Stroevo, was detained at a gas station in Sofia with marked money, the prosecutor's office announced. The official was arrested immediately after receiving the sum of BGN 5,000. The District Prosecutor's Office in Plovdiv charged him with trading in influence.
The farmer has applied for nine measures of the Agriculture Fund for support, and the investigation has established that the employee blackmailed him with BGN 5,000 for each of them. The official was detained for 72 hours and the court is to rule on the imposition of the measure of restraint "Detention in custody".