Police detain 11 people in large-scale tax fraud case

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The State Police's Economic Crime Unit has detained eleven persons suspected of defrauding Ogre Region municipal housing agency Ogres Namsaimnieks of €90,961, including three high-ranking employees at the agency, the State Police told LETA on October 26.

The police investigated a report about a fraud scheme at Ogres Namsaimnieks in cooperation with the Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity, determining that said amount had most probably been transferred to third persons' bank accounts.

The Economic Crime Unit carried out fifteen searches, confiscating various documents, information storage devices, seals, cash, and also two firearms.

A total of eleven persons were detained, of which three are high-ranking Ogres Namsaimnieks employees. Three persons are remanded in custody, while the other eight have been released on their own recognizance.

The police have opened a criminal process pursuant to Section 177 of the Criminal Law, fraud committed on a large scale or by an organized group, and Section 195, laundering of the proceeds from crime on a large scale or by an organized group.

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