The municipal court of Budapest has sentenced the mayor of Kisléta, in north-east Hungary, to four years and six months in prison on charges of repeated fraud, in a non-binding ruling. Imre Madácsi and two accomplices had illegally received central subsidies aimed at helping ventures that employ disabled people. During the investigation, a number of witnesses said they had worked in Madácsi’s employment but he had paid them less than indicated in their contracts. Last year in another case, Madácsi was sentenced to suspended imprisonment for “illegitimately obtaining economic advantages”. Following that sentence, the local government office took the mayor to court, which ruled that he had become unworthy of his office. This led to an interim local election in Kisléta which Madácsi won by a landslide. The municipal court has also decided that Madácsi, who has been in pre-trial detention, should stay behind bars until a secondary sentence is passed.