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Greek Fraud Cops Bust Bogus Invoices and Expenses

sdoeThe Financial Crime Unit (SDOE) is still finding more and more people who are stealing from the state through their profession by issuing bogus invoices or even not issuing receipts. Doctors, farmers, private sector employees and pensioners continue to live like kings using black money. Moreover, seven of the people who are being checked by SDOE are part of the list of depositors at the Swiss Bank HSBC in Geneva (Lagarde List).
Greece’s Financial Crime Unit, through audits and investigations to combat economic crime, corruption and illicit enrichment, came across several important cases during March 2014 and forwarded them to the public prosecutor, the relevant tax offices and customs officials.
It was revealed that in the Attica region, 47 companies issued received false or bogus invoices amounting to 60.8 million euros, which corresponds to 13.4 million euros in VAT, which was either not paid to the Greek State or were offset by unknown expenses.
The region of Thessaly issued fines of 7.9 million euros to 20 farmers and nine agricultural cooperatives that filed illegal tax returns, using fake and bogus invoices.
The South Aegean region imposed fines amounting to 8 million euros to a travel agency and ship operator for presenting 367 bogus invoices and fictitious expenses to cover its profit.
In the region of Epirus, a technical-industrial company in Preveza was fined nearly 3 million euros for the issuance of bogus and fake invoices.
Finally, the Athens Special Affairs Unit carried out an inspection in the Development Grants Account of the National Technical University of Athens and found that during the years 2002-2013, the university submitted false income declarations and as a result it failed to pay 20,796,216 euros in tax returns.

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