While tax evasion remains extensive in Greece, the monitoring authorities have recently managed to net some rather big fish.
The October data published on Tuesday by the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) showed it had imposed fines adding up to 163.6 million euros on 976 lawbreakers after conducting 1,942 checks. Among the cases SDOE has forwarded to the financial prosecutor is that of a well-known lawyer and MP who failed to declare a total income of 5.5 million euros.
Among other tax evasion cases identified, the SDOE branch responsible for the Ionian Islands caught an agricultural products wholesaler who had dodged paying a total of 3.4 million euros, while their colleagues in Western Greece discovered that a furniture manufacturing company had issued bogus invoices adding up to 835,000 euros. In Attica, 18 enterprises were found to have received bogus invoices totaling 17.25 million euros.