SLOVAKIA's anti-corruption unit arrested seven people suspected of tax fraud worth Sk230 million (€5.7 million) Interior Minister Vladimír Palko said on March 15.
According to the minister, a nine-member group headed by 29-year-old Peter P, a Bratislava municipal MP, founded at least 21 companies in various towns of Slovakia that were 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 were never conducted, Palko said.
The case investigator charged the detained seven with establishing a criminal group, evading taxes and premiums, and blackmail.
Peter P is also under prosecution in a case of tunnelling during the construction of the nuclear plant in Mochovce.
The group's remaining two members are still at large, and one is believed to be abroad.
22. Mar 2004 at 0:00 | From press reports