Revenue service to probe high-level employees

The State Revenue Service (VID) will review the work of high-level employees at the Finance Police and the revenue service and offer suggestions on how to get rid of dishonest employees.

That's what Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens), the new Finance Minister, told the press Wednesday after meeting Ināra Pētersone, the head of the service.

"Starting with the Finance Police, Ms Pētersone will come up within two weeks with an evaluation of all high-level employees at the Finance Police and VID, as well as with suggestions of how to get rid of dishonest employees," said Reizeniece-Ozola.

After the long meeting she said that the recent news concerning Finance Police employees possibly earning illegal income have cast a shadow upon the VID.

"A huge shadow has been cast on the VID, and it leads to a demoralization of the society and decreased motivation to pay taxes," said Reizniece-Ozola.

"It is completely unacceptable in a situation when we clearly know we have to increase tax revenue," she said.

The news follows an investigation aired early February by Latvian Television's "Forbidden Methods" about the unexpected wealth of a former Finance Police employee who reportedly inherited half a million dollars from his mother, who could not possibly inherit such an enormous inheritance.