SDOE probes law workers

The Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) is set to perform extensive checks on 695 lawyers and notaries who appear to have considerable real estate properties that are not justified by their incomes.

Inspectors have already examined their tax statements to determine whether their riches are due to tax evasion or justified by revenues from previous years.

For instance, one Athens lawyer has properties worth 4.5 million euros, but declared an income of 40,000 euros for 2010. A notary in Thessaloniki has properties worth 3.6 million euros but his declared income in 2010 amounted to no more than 31,300 euros.

The 695 suspected tax evaders may also have their bank accounts checked for SDOE to establish the origin of their wealth.