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Ex-finance official invites tales of tax graft

A former Finance Ministry official who angered tax collectors by alleging their profession was ridden with corruption is attempting to back up his claims by calling on Greeks to record online their experiences of graft.

Diomidis Spinellis, the former general secretary of information systems at the Finance Ministry, left his post last year following a dispute with superiors over uncollected fines for fuel trading companies. Since then, Spinellis has been outspoken in his criticism of the tax collection system and collectors.

It emerged on Thursday that in response to Spinellis?s comments, the head of the tax collectors? union (POE-DOY), Charalambos Nikolakopoulos, filed a suit with the Athens prosecutor?s office, accusing Spinellis of making slanderous claims about the level of corruption in their profession.

Spinellis reacted by creating an online form (www.spinellis.gr/istoria) for taxpayers to record details of instances when they were victims of corruption.