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Tourist traps also flouting the law

More than half of the businesses in Greece’s main tourist spots were found to have broken the law after a series of checks was conducted by the financial crimes squad SDOE. Of 481 businesses investigated in the last four days, 267 of them infringed 2,073 regulations, the Finance Ministry said. The firms were mostly located in the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki, and the islands of Crete, Rhodes and the Cyclades. In another round of checks conducted by the fraud squad, one in three companies were found to have breached tax laws. From January to May this year, SDOE called on 19,023 businesses, of which 6,701 did not meet the taxman’s expectations. Car workshops, travel agents and nightclubs were among the main infringers.