ECONOMY

Accounts of 436 senior Greek tax officials under scrutiny

The Finance Ministry has asked Greek banks for access to the accounts of 436 senior officials with a view to pursuing cases of corruption.

According to reports, most banks have responded positively but a number of small banks have not.

The checks will cover the last 10 years, targeting changes in the incomes and property acquisitions of the officials, who are all heads of district tax offices and tax inspectors.

The process is in line with provisions in the bailout memorandum reached with Greece’s international creditors, which stipulates that checks into the accounts of 240 tax officials have to be conducted within 2013.

Ninety-five cases are in the process of being investigated and none has been concluded so far.