Defendants repay close to €1m in Gan Bei tax fraud case

The nine defendants in the case of the cash register tax evasion scheme at Gan Bei eateries have paid the state back €957,799 and pleaded guilty, the Prosecutor General told the press Thursday.

The prosecutor has concluded an out-of-court settlement with the nine accused people that they repay the money not paid to the state in taxes and plead guilty for tax evasion.

The prosecution says the money has been paid in full. The deal between the accused and the prosecution also stipulates that limits will be applied to two legal entities.

The case has been handed to the Rīga Vidzeme District Court.

In December 2014, several Gan Bei restaurants operating at shopping malls across Riga were searched as part of an investigation into a cash register tax evasion scheme.

The company responsible for maintenance of the cash register had supplied the restaurants with software for illegal manipulation with the cash register data to avoid payment of value-added tax (VAT).

The persons facing criminal prosecution in the case include five Gan Bei employees: accountants, IT specialists and cashiers, a CFO and a board member. 

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