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Authorities change security measure for Saeima deputy Potapkin’s wife in the Gan Bei case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn December 23rd, Riga Regional Court ended the case related to the complaint submitted by Galina Karmac, who is the wife of Saeima deputy Sergei Potapkin from Harmony, about changing the security measure applied to her as part of the investigation of the Gan Bei case, as reported by the court’s representative Inta Saboha.

The case has been ended because the plaintiff has called back the complaint. This is due to the decision made on November 19th by authorities in charge of the process. As confirmed by the lawyer of Galina Karmac, the security measure now applied to her prohibits her to leave the country.

As previously reported, the decision regarding her arrest was made by Riga City Northern District Court.

BNN had previously reported that a criminal group with ties to owners of Gan Bei network of restaurants had been stealing approximately EUR 700,000 to EUR 800,000 from cash registers, which is equal to 50% of monthly revenue, on a regular basis.

On December 10th, Latvian Finance Police arrested seven members of this criminal group, including the wife of Saeima deputy Sergei Potapkin. According to authorities, she is one of the leaders of the criminal group.

During a press-conference this on December 11th, Deputy Director of State Revenue Service for combating organized crime Kaspars Cerneckis neither confirmed nor denied the possibility of searches having been performed in the office of the owner of Gan Bei restaurant – Lage Ko. He did confirm, however, that among the arrested persons is also Saeima deputy Sergei Potapkin’s wife Galina Karmaca, who is the co-owner of Lage Ko.

Director of SRS Finance Police Kaspars Podins reports that authorities have performed a total of 30 searches. Seven persons have been arrested: five of these people form the core of this criminal group. Podins adds that Potapkin’s wife is apparently one of the heads of this criminal group. Two of the arrested persons remain in custody.

The estimated damage done to the state as a result of the aforementioned criminal activity is EUR 780,000 of unpaid VAT. Additional calculations will be performed. With that, this amount may grow even more, because allegedly the company did not pay any social taxes for its employees in addition to not paying VAT, notes Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers.

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