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Coventry City Council has denied any wrongdoing in its use of European Development Fund cash - blaming "confusion" over a Freedom of Information Act request.
MEP Nikki Sinclaire has referred the authority to OLAF, the European Unions anti-fraud department, claiming there are "discrepancies" in what the council has used £4.75million of EU cash for.
But a spokesman for the council today said there had been a mix-up between two similar grants awarded by two different bodies.
He apologised for the incorrect information given at first - and said the authority was "surprised" by Ms Sinclaire's announcement.
West Midland MEP Nikki Sinclaire announced she would be referring Coventry City Council to the EU's anti-fraud department during a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
She claims there are "discrepancies" in the way the council used Regional Development Fund cash, compared to what the European Commission believed it would be used for.
Coventry City Council is facing a fraud investigation after Midland MEP Nikki Sinclaire announced she was reporting the authority to the EU anti-fraud unit.
Speaking in Strasbourg, Ms Sinclaire accused the council of "discrepancies in funding" over £4.75million of cash awarded towards the running of the Ricoh Arena.
She said she had submitted a Freedom of Information request to the council to establish what the money was to be used for.
But, she added, the answer "could not be further apart" from the answer the European Commission gave.
Today I can confirm that I am referring the matter to the EU anti-Fraud department, OLAF for investigation into this use of taxpayers’ money
There is something rotten at the heart of Coventry Council. Is there something fraudulent as well?
The council today denied any wrongdoing.