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Senior Tax Authority Official Arrested on Suspicion of Graft

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.03.18.

A senior official at tax authority NAV has been arrested on suspicion of corruption, the head of the central investigating prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.

The prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into a senior official at the tax and customs authority on suspicion of accepting bribes and other crimes, Imre Keresztes said in a statement.

Investigators believe the suspect was contacted last April by an entrepreneur linked to a company in liquidation, asking for the tax proceedings under way at the company to be expedited. The suspect was asked to make sure that the procedure did not uncover financial abuses that would affect any of the firm’s partner companies.

Former Hungary Tax Authority Deputy Head Charged with Corruption
Former Hungary Tax Authority Deputy Head Charged with Corruption

A former deputy director of Hungary’s tax and customs authority (NAV) has been charged with accepting bribes in exchange for turning a blind eye to irregularities during customs procedures, the investigative branch of the public prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday. According to the charges, the former NAV deputy head accepted a petrol card from a […]Continue reading

The suspect is believed to have used his position at NAV to facilitate the conclusion of the proceedings in exchange for a mobile phone worth 342,000 forints (EUR 930).

Police on Wednesday staged a coordinated raid on 13 premises to collect more evidence in the case, the statement said.

Both the senior official and the entrepreneur have been placed under arrest but have denied any wrongdoing, it added.

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