Another cash register tax evasion scheme uncovered

The Finance Police Department of the State Revenue Service (VID) has carried out 15 searches in Rīga and around the capital, stopping criminals that used illegal software to tamper with cash registers, causing losses of about €206,000 to the state, reported LSM's Latvian-language service Monday.

Investigators from the Finance Police stopped the activities of an organized group that had evaded taxes by manipulating cash registers from March 2014 to August 2015.

A total of 15 searches in Rīga and near the capital were carried out.

The criminals had rigged cash registers with software that allowed for money to be taken out without appearing on the accounts. The cash was used for covering various expenses and paying unofficial wages to the employees of two food service firms. 

Lists detailing untaxed wages to be paid and already paid were found during the searches.

An IT company had facilitated the tax evasion scam by supporting a database that contained the deals of the two companies that had actually taken place. 

Three people have been named suspects, and the pre-court investigation is still ongoing.

Previously, a tax evasion scheme involving rigged cash registers was uncovered in connection with the restaurants owned by firm Lage Ko, including the Gan Bei chain.

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