The founder of Cafe Kulturalna in the Palace of Culture and Science is suspected of, among others, for extortion of subsidies for war refugees, fraud and participation in an organized criminal group. According to the prosecutor’s office, the value of the property to which the allegations relate is approximately PLN 7 million.
Last week, “Gazeta Stołeczna” informed about the allegations and arrest of the founder of Cafe Kulturalna in Warsaw. This information was confirmed to us by prosecutor Marcin Lorenc, spokesman for the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Szczecin. That’s where the investigation is underway.
The value of the property is approximately PLN 7 million
“One of the suspects in this case is Agnieszka Ł., against whom the court imposed pre-trial detention for a period of 3 months, and the District Court in Szczecin upheld this decision, which means that the prosecutor showed at this stage of the proceedings a high probability of committing the alleged crimes by her her deeds,” said Lorenc.
“She has now been charged with using unreliable documentation, extorting subsidies to help war refugees, fraud and participation in an organized criminal group. At the current stage of the case, it can be assumed that the value of the property, which is the subject of the allegations against the suspect, was approximately PLN 7 million” – indicated the spokesman of the Szczecin prosecutor’s office.
Marcin Lorenc also said that in the course of the investigation, the court decided to arrest two more people. On the other hand, two more suspects were subject to libertarian preventive measures in the form of police supervision, property surety and a ban on contacting certain persons. “Due to the good of the ongoing investigation, the prosecutor supervising it did not agree to make the details of this investigation public,” Lorenc emphasised.
City hall inspection turned up nothing
According to “Gazeta Stołeczna”, Agnieszka Ł. founded a foundation that received subsidies for purposes related to, among others, with meals for refugees from Ukraine. Such a subsidy of Ł. was also provided by the city in the amount of PLN 430,000. As Jakub Leduchowski, the deputy spokesman for the Warsaw City Hall, informed in an interview with “Stołeczna”, no irregularities were found during the inspection. “The standard control of the task implementation – in the form of an unannounced visit – was carried out by us on November 12, 2022. The control did not reveal any irregularities. The Foundation submitted a report on the task implementation. From April 14 this year, financial and substantive control of the task implementation has been carried out. as well as possible further steps, we will be able to talk after its completion, “said Leduchowski.
Cafe Kulturalna itself dissociates itself from the case and assures that it is not related to the operation of the premises.
Cafe Kulturalna is a club and cafe with a long history. The place, unlike any other, is warmed by a rather gloomy image of the Palace of Culture. Its hallmarks include rich cultural offer, as well as involvement in helping refugees. She was particularly active in the first days of the war. This includes from Cafe Kulturalna, meals were delivered to Ukrainians fleeing from Russian aggression.
As “Gazeta Stołeczna” notes, the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Szczecin often deals with cases that are widely reported in the media and have a political background. Matters here include: prosecutor Ewa Wrzosek.
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