The 58-year-old owner of a stationery manufacturer from Halkidiki who allegedly owes the state nearly half a million euros in outstanding taxes handed himself in to police on Thursday, becoming the fifth entrepreneur to do so in the northern region in recent days, police said. A few days ago, two hoteliers -- siblings aged 37 and 42 -- who allegedly owe some 650,000 euros to the state, visited their local police station. Prior to that, two brothers who own a plant nursery in the small town of Lakoma -- and are believed to owe nearly 200,000 euros in taxes -- turned themselves in to a prosecutor. Local police played down the sudden spate of repentant tax evaders. “It’s not a phenomenon,” a police source in Halkidiki told Kathimerini. “In several cases, the individuals had been aware that the police were looking for them,” he said.
It appears that the entrepreneurs were keen to avoid being remanded in custody in the event of their arrest. After Attica, most of the arrests of suspected large-scale tax evaders have been made in Halkidiki and Thessaloniki, according to police.