SLOVAKIA's Anti-corruption Office members seized a group of seven people suspected of tax fraud in the amount of Sk230 million (€5.7 million), Interior Minister Vladimír Palko told the news wire TASR.
According to the minister, a nine-member group headed by a 29-year-old businessman from Bratislava founded at least 21 companies registered as value-added tax payers in the past six years. Through fictitious invoices, the companies claimed returns of value-added tax from tax offices though these business transactions had never been conducted, Palko explained.
The case investigator charged the detained seven with establishing a criminal group, not paying taxes and premiums, and blackmail.
The group's remaining two members are still at large, and one is allegedly abroad.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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16. Mar 2004 at 10:39