Former Interior Ministry official implicated in money laundering case

The Internal Security Bureau (IDB) has proposed prosecuting a former employee of the Provision State Agency, which is an Interior Ministry structure, and a private person for money laundering in large amounts, the IDB reported March 5.

During the pre-trial investigation, evidence has been obtained that an employee of the Provision State Agency has laundered more than EUR 740,000 over four years, while the private person – more than EUR 130,000.

Concurrently with the investigation of money laundering, the IDB also investigated other criminal offenses committed by the employee of the Provision State Agency of the Ministry of the Interior aimed at obtaining illegal financial benefits. The cour of first instance has found the person guilty of these offenses, but the court adjudication has not yet entered into lawful effect, with the possibility for the parties to appeal it.

After the criminal offenses were discovered, the Agency terminated the employment relationship with the employee.

The case was sent to Riga Court District Prosecutor's Office at the end of February.

The IDB reiterates that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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