Latvia, Netherlands bust international tax fraud ring

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An international group of tax fraudsters has been apprehended as a result of a joint cross-border operation by the Latvian and Dutch authorities, the Latvian State Revenue Service said on November 8.

The criminal group has been engaging in tax fraud in the Netherlands since 2012, cheating the country for about €1 million, and criminal proceeds in the amount of €1.7 million were legalized in Latvia, including through investments in real estate.

The group used the companies it controlled in Latvia and the Netherlands to recruit about 400 Latvian nationals to work in the Netherlands where they were being employed in violation of the Dutch laws, with forgery of documents among the violations.

The international criminal group included two Dutch citizens representing a holding well-known in the Netherlands. They were detained on October 31 in the Eindhoven airport as they had returned to the Netherlands after a yet another business trip to Latvia. Another member of the criminal group - a Dutch citizen permanently residing in Latvia - was detained based on the European Arrest Warrant issued by the Netherlands.

During the operation, ten people were questioned in Latvia and searches conducted at seven locations. Also, inquiries have been sent to the Latvian credit institutions about the current accounts used to ensure the transfer of criminal proceeds between the Netherlands and Latvia.

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