State Revenue Service official detained on suspicion of corruption

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The Internal Security Board of the State Revenue Service (VID), in cooperation with the Tax and Customs Police Office, last week detained a high-level VID official, Latvian Television reported November 17.

By detaining the official, VID has allegedly prevented an attempt to perform corrupt activities in relation to the circulation of excisable goods in customs.

After the detention of the VID official, his employment has been terminated.

VID Director General Ieva Jaunzeme said that there is no place at VID for people who perceive the tax administration as a place to pursue unfair practices.

Criminal proceedings have been initiated in relation to the criminal activities identified. In the interest of the investigation, no further information is provided at this time.

VID spokesman Andrejs Vaivars told LTV that "it is not the leader of any administration, but the next level. It is the head of a specific unit. High-level unit manager".

"The situation is that last week the VID Internal Security Office, together with the Tax and Customs Police, found that an attempt was made to carry out a corrupt transaction, taking a bribe of several tens of thousands of euros to cover illegal excise goods in the area of circulation. The guilty person was detained and this corrupt business was prevented.

At the moment, the legal relationship between people has been terminated, but that does not mean that he will now be able to avoid responsibility. An investigation is ongoing, criminal proceedings have been initiated and judicial proceedings will be unavoidable," said Vaivars.

In the last three years, the Internal Security Office of the State Revenue Service has launched 43 criminal proceedings against officials of the Service. Of these, four criminal proceedings have been initiated for taking bribes, two for giving bribes, and one for money laundering.

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