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Cuban government officials jailed for setting up 'black market egg empire'

We can’t imagine Enda doing this.

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A COURT IN Cuba has sentenced several government officials to prison terms of between five and 15 years for stealing and selling millions of eggs on the black market.

Prosecutors last week requested prison sentences of up to 20 years for the 18 officials, part of a “criminal network” whose egg thefts in 2012 cost the communist island nation some $356,000 (about €330,000), the state-run Granma daily newspaper reports.

Prosecutors said the workers — employees of the state food distribution agency — used dodgy accounting, fake receipts and unauthorised delivery routes to set up a black market egg empire.

They succeeded “thanks to unobservant and or corrupt supervisors, deficient or absent monitoring mechanisms, and complicit or tolerant attitudes,” Granma wrote last week.

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