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IBM under scrutiny in European audit

THE EUROPEAN Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is examining a contract worth over €56 million between IBM and the Slovak Finance Ministry, the Sme daily reported on September 8.

THE EUROPEAN Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is examining a contract worth over €56 million between IBM and the Slovak Finance Ministry, the Sme daily reported on September 8.

According to the contract, which was signed in February 2010, IBM was given three years to prepare a unified collection system of income taxes, mandatory payroll deductions and customs duties.

Sme reported that it was not clear who initiated the investigation, as neither the present nor the previous leadership of the ministry claims to have done so.

The contract is also being subjected to a ministerial audit and therefore is temporarily suspended.

A similar audit is also examining another IBM contract which was for the design of an eHealth system for the Health Ministry that was projected to be worth over €33 million.


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