Anti-corruption squad swoops on Ogre mayor
Officers of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) are conducting searches August 21 at municipal offices in the town of Ogre, central Latvia, and have detained mayor Egils Helmanis, reports Latvian Radio.
Police foil alleged fake will fraud in Latgale
It sounds like the plot of a classic nineteenth-century novel, but Latvian police say they are ready to bring to justice people involved in a plot to gain land via means of a forged will.
A bridge too far for anti-corruption cops
The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) is asking the prosecutor's office to bring charges against eight persons, including Ugis Broza, an official at the Riga City Council's Transport Department, for various crimes and violations allegedly committed during reconstruction of Salu (Island) Bridge in Riga, the LETA newswire reported August 6.
Three policemen injured in Ogre chase
On Wednesday, July 24, a driver fleeing police struck a police motorcycle in Ogre, according to LETA. Two more policemen have been injured as well as the fleeing driver, who is now in custody, said Andrejs Sozinovs, Chief of the Criminal Police Department of the State Police, in an interview on Latvian Television.
Police liquidate two marijuana farms in Dobele district
In July 2019, the Dobele branch of the State Police liquidated two marijuana farms – one in the Penkule parish of the Dobele municipality and the other in the town of Ķegums of the Ķegums municipality, reported LSM's Latvian service on July 10. 
Business tycoon also linked to Broka bribery probe
The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) operatives investigating a recent criminal case of bribery detained not only Baiba Broka, a Riga City Council member and former Justice Minister, but also businessmen Guntis Ravis and Ivars Millers, the LETA newswire reported July 9.
Rimšēvičs case is ready for trial
The criminal case concerning central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs has been sent to court for trial, according to information published on the website of Latvia's Prosecutor General.
20% of receipts submitted on the first receipt lottery day show tax-dodging
Already on the first day of the receipt lottery, the State Revenue Service (VID) noticed that the state is not receiving taxes from some receipts, reported LSM's Latvian service on July 2. Almost every fifth receipt submitted and checked receipt contributes nothing to the state. This number coincides with the expert estimate of the prevalence of shadow economy in the country. 
Former Rīga mayor becomes suspect in graft case
Former Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs has been given the status of a suspect in the ongoing criminal proceedings initiated by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB), LSM's Latvian language service reported June 1.
Latvian revenue service to start inspecting suspected cash smugglers
As of 1 July 2019, the State Revenue Service (VID) will have the right to check persons on public roads to make sure that sums above 10 000 euro in undeclared cash are not being brought into the country. These inspections, however, will be based on operative information and VID does not intend to inspect everyone, said Ieva Jaunzeme, the Director-General of the State Revenue Service in an interview with latvian Radio on June 27.
Justice Ministry floats economic crimes legal overhaul
It is necessary to conduct an audit that would assess factors that negatively impact efficient progress of the criminal cases on economic and financial crimes, said the Justice Ministry in an informative report delivered to the Cabinet of Ministers June 25, reported the LETA newswire.
Latvia's battle against espionage
In what is likely the most serious case of espionage to date, a national firearms system manager may have been disclosing Latvian secrets to Russia for six years. While the accused does not plead guilty, the prosecutor estimates significant harm done to the state. This is, however, only the third open case of espionage in Latvia. In this respect, it falls behind Estonia and Lithuania, reports Ella Semjonova on LSM's Latvian service on June 18.
Possible corruption in Ventspils music school contracts
Due to suspicions of corruption, there is a risk Latvia will have to repay 10.95 million euros allocated from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the project for construction of Ventspils Music School, according to comments from the Central Finance and Contracting Agency’s (CFLA) official Daiga Reihmane, reported by the LETA newswire.
Illegal pesticides on sale at Rīga Central Market
Although penalties for the distribution or use of illegal plant protection products may reach up to 350 euros for individuals and 700 euro for legal entities, unauthorized weed or pest chemicals can easily be obtained at the Rīga Central Market.