Ministry committee to be probed over tax fine write-off


The office of corruption prosecutor Eleni Raikou on Monday brought charges against the head and two members of a special Finance Ministry committee tasked with arbitrating tax settlement differences.

The charges were brought after a probe uncovered compelling evidence to suggest that the committee had written off a 2-million-euro fine in 2013 that had been issued by the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) to two businesses owned by the same person, a prominent jeweler whose name was not made public.

SDOE found that the businesses had issued bogus invoices for the sale of expensive watches. The owner also faces charges.