The former elected representative of Hauts-de-Seine and his wife, Isabelle Balkany, had been found guilty, at first instance and then on appeal, of tax fraud between 2009 and 2015.
Le Monde with AFP
The former mayor of Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine) Patrick Balkany came out of prison on Friday August 5 in the morning, after spending several months in detention at the Fleury-Mérogis penitentiary establishment (Essonne) . Appeared in front of the weight loss press in his manor of Giverny, in Eure, the former elected official, who had spent several months in isolation without crossing any other detainees, said he was “relieved”.
Thursday, the Paris Court of Appeal acceded to its penalty request. His wife, Isabelle, and had been found guilty, at first instance and then on appeal, of tax fraud between 2009 and 2015). They were sentenced in 2019 to four years in prison. They are accused of not having paid for wealth tax between 2010 and 2014, for having paid a minority in 2015, as well as having paid an income tax amply undervalued between 2009 and 2014.
m. Balkany had been incarcerated in 2019, as soon as he conviction, then released in February 2020 for health, then placed under electronic bracelet in March 2021. He had been reinforced in February for not having respected the obligations linked to the port of his bracelet electronics.
His wife, whose wearing of the electronic bracelet had also been dismissed, had been hospitalized after having, according to her husband, made a suicide attempt in February. She returned to her home on June 4 while waiting for a possible summons to justice.
In addition to this conviction for tax fraud, Patrick Balkany and Isabelle Balkany were also definitively convicted, in June 2021, for aggravated money laundering of tax fraud and for illegal interest. Only the question of the quantum of the sentence remains unanswered, with a new trial scheduled for October 2022.