Spanish police have arrested former Casares mayor Juan Sánchez and his wife, along with an Estepona lawyer and a fourth unidentified person.
The arrests were made on Monday by police acting for the anti-corruption prosecutor. They appeared before the judge following their arrest.
Casares is a small municipality with just 5,300 residents and has now joined Manilva, Marbella, Estepona, Alhaurín el Grande, Alcaucín and Ronda on the list of towns involved in corruption scandals involving either serving or former mayors.
The four are the be charged in connection with money laundering and town planning irregularities, and allegedly involve organised criminal organisations.
Computers were seized from the town hall while the former Izquierda Unida mayor was taken to Alhaurin prison after failing to secure bail of 200,000€.
The Guardia Civil and the National Police are involved in the investigation at Casares Town Hall which has been temporarily closed to the public while the investigation is in progress.
A spokesperson for the Izquierda Unida said they were “surprised” by the arrests.