Former MP given fine and community service

Former Saeima MP Askolds Kļaviņš (Greens and Farmers Union) has been fined €9,948 and will serve 120 hours of community service for misuse of office as per a plea bargain with the prosecution, the office of Latvia's Prosecutor General told the press October 16.

Kļaviņš pleaded guilty to defrauding transport compensations and to document fraud. 

The court is yet to accept the plea bargain. 

As reported, an investigation, which was started on May 2 this year, has obtained evidence to suggest that MP Kļaviņš had been misusing his public office for private gains from November 1, 2016 to May 2018, causing significant damage to the Saeima budget, according to a KNAB statement.

He became an MP in June 2016 and received €115 a month in transport compensations from July to October 2016, according to information on the parliament’s website. After declaring his address of residence in Liepāja, his transport compensations increased to €560-736 depending on the month.

After the investigation started, Kļaviņš, also known as a businessman who owns the Gandrs chain of outdoor goods, relinquished his mandate and did not run in the October 6 parliamentary election.

 

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