Polish MPs question EU’s Tusk over pyramid scheme

European Council head Donald Tusk was on Monday being questioned in Warsaw by a special Polish parliamentary commission probing a notorious pyramid scheme.

The Amber Gold pyramid scheme saw thousands of Poles cheated out of their savings from 2009 to 2012, at a time when Tusk was Poland’s prime minister.

Amber Gold had promised customers high returns on investments in gold, but the firm folded in August 2012.

According to media reports, some 19,000 customers were swindled out of a combined PLN 851 million (EUR 200 million) at the time.

The special Polish parliamentary commission, led by conservative Małgorzata Wassermann, started questioning Tusk as a witness at 10 am.

Tusk was expected to be the commission’s last witness in its inquiry into the investment scam, following hearings of other former government officials as well as Amber Gold employees, law enforcers and tax and financial supervision officials.

Tusk was the prime minister of Poland from 2007 until 2014, when he resigned to become president of the European Council, a key European Union leadership position.



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