updated 11/12/2010 11:32:42 AM ET 2010-11-12T16:32:42

Prosecutors in Bulgaria have indicted a former labor minister for alleged embezzlement and abuse of power during her tenure in the previous government.

According to Friday's indictment, lawmaker Emilia Maslarova approved a project to renovate a social services center that was overpriced by 5.5 million euros ($7.7 million), which was allegedly embezzled using fake invoices. Five others have also been indicted.

Maslarova, who served as labor minister in 2005-2009, was formally charged with embezzlement in February and released on 25,500 euros ($35,000) bail.

Bulgaria's previous Socialist-led government has been hit by a series of corruption scandals, including allegations against former Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev.

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