Taxi scheme nailed for alleged tax fraud

In June, the State Revenue Service (VID) Tax and Customs Police suspended the activities of a criminal group in the field of taxi services engaged in fraud of value-added tax (VAT), Latvian Radio reported on July 5.

According to the VID, the criminal group involved in the scheme avoided paying taxes between 2020 and 2022, causing damage to the public budget of more than €600,000.

In the criminal proceedings initiated, the employees of the VID Tax and Customs Police Office carried out procedural activities in Rīga, Jūrmala, Ādaži and Ropaži, Salaspils and Olaine. Evidence relevant to criminal proceedings, including EUR 8520 in cash, mobile phones, computers, seals, data carriers, third-party identification (ID) cards and accounting documents, have been found and removed during the search, which will be analyzed in the course of the future pre-trial investigation of criminal proceedings. Arrests on 62 cars have been imposed.

Four persons have been detained for the offenses and a non-custodial security instrument has been applied to them.

Information obtained informally by Latvian Radio shows that the criminal group has allegedly worked using the popular taxi carrier brand “Bolt” and the head of the group is allegedly a deputy of the Olaine city council from the Sadarbība (“Cooperation”) party. In the municipality of Olaine, the “Cooperation” party has only one Member's seat and is occupied by Andrejs Artjomovs.

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