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Financial crimes squad hands out fines worth 4 billion euro

Δημοσίευση 3 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:38 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Financial crimes squad hands out fines worth 4 billion euro
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Fines in excess of four billion euro have been written out in 2010 by financial crimes squad (SDOE) inspectors for tax offences and violations brought to light until the end of November, the head of SDOE Yiannis Kapeleris said on Thursday.

Fines in excess of four billion euro have been written out in 2010 by financial crimes squad (SDOE) inspectors for tax offences and violations brought to light until the end of November, the head of SDOE Yiannis Kapeleris said on Thursday.

Among those fined were owners of luxury leisure craft, high-profile doctors with millions in their bank accounts and miniscule declared incomes, shipyards in Perama but also fashion houses.

Those being investigated include 2,250 doctors whose declared incomes are incompatible with the size of their bank account deposits. In one such case, the doctor involved had a total declared income of 206,000 euro but his bank accounts in Greece and abroad contained deposits amounting to 6.3 million euro. In several such cases, the deposits have been seized.

Three fashion houses have been fined after inspectors gained access to their bank account records and found undeclared sums exceeding 1.2 million a year, even though their average annual declared income was around 40,000 euro.

SDOE officers are also investigating 299 leisure craft owners who had declared their boats as professional craft in order to avoid tax, confiscating the boats while the investigation is underway. One such owner, for example, had to pay 2.5 million euro in tax in order to convert his licence from professional use to private use. Just in October, inspections that resulted in the conversion of leisure craft licences have brought 15 million euro into state coffers.

In the Perama shipyard zone, meanwhile, the financial crimes squad is now investigating 1,500 businesses that are suspected of flouting VAT exemption rules and carrying out ship repairs that are not declared in any way.

Greece to screen foreign vehicles for unpaid fines

Greece intends to set up checkpoints at its borders to catch residents of foreign countries that attempt to leave without paying outstanding fines for serious traffic code violations, Greece's Deputy Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Spyros Vougias informed the EU transport minister's council on Thursday.

The meeting was discussing the payment of traffic tickets by European citizens driving through countries that are not their permanent place of residence. The ministers agreed that fines for serious offences - such as speeding, going through red lights or not wearing a seatbelt - the country where the offender is normally resident will take action to collect and deliver the fine to the country where the offence occurred.

As a country with mainly non-EU neighbours, however, Greece has opted to screen vehicles with foreign licence plates for outstanding fines at its border.

The Council also agreed on the need to step up security in air transport after the recent incidents involving parcel-bombs delivered by post and courier services.

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