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Latvian Finance Minister presented with a list of dishonest SRS workers

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDirector of State Revenue Service Inara Petersone submitted a document detailing the assessment of SRS and Finance Police officials and proposals on dismissal of workers who are suspected of dishonest practices, as reported by SRS.

It is currently unknown how many workers from SRS offices are on this list.

As it is known, SRS promised to submit this list to Finance Ministry in two weeks’ time.

Petersone said on 17 February that she would not reveal names and numbers of SRS workers that are suspected of dishonest practices.

Petersone does not deny that this list may not be the only one. Initially only Finance Police workers were added to this list. Later, however, the list was expanded with workers of customs and other SRS structures.

As previously reported one third of SRS Finance Police and Customs Police workers had made savings in cash form in 2014, according to information from De Facto. On top of that, more than half of those workers have no deposits in banks.

The biggest «cash savings» are those of deputy chief of Administrative Department of SRS Finance Police Jurgis Kijonieks – EUR 87,473.11. In comparison, he has only EUR 3,500 deposited in a bank. «It’s not normal. I cannot find a justification behind it! I am very surprised,» – says Kaspars Cerneckis, deputy of director general in the field of crime prevention. It is possible that it is thanks to Cerneckis that Kijonieks did not lose his job in SRS at one point.

Kijonieks stood as a witness in the case regarding illegal wiretapping into journalist Ilze Janalksne’s telephone conversations by Finance Police several years ago. Diena had written in one of its articles covering this case that Kijonieks had listened to part of the wiretapped footage. In addition, it was Kijonieks’ duty to uncover such breaches and find the guilty. Nothing of the sort was done. Later, Kijonieks lost access to official secrets. But his career did not end there. He continued working in SRS. When asked if it was his initiative, to keep Kijonieks in SRS, Cerneckis said: «I don’t remember. It was a long time ago. Maybe it was my idea. I assume it was. His knowledge and experience are extensive. It was decided to keep him in Finance Police; he knows the historic development of Finance Police, its evolution and all of its handled cases.»

Dainis Pelniks, a colleague of Kijonieks, also has some major lending activities going on. The total worth of loans given by him in 2014 was EUR 80,000. Pelniks had carried out impressive deals during the real estate bubble peak in Latvia and had earned EUR 235,000 from those deals. He deposited some of that amount in different foundations. He has been keeping most of the money in cash, however. He did not give any answers to De Facto regarding his finances.

In response to multiple reports that surfaced this week in Latvia in regards to possible violations committed by officials of the State Revenue Service, Director General of SRS Inara Petersone turned to the Prosecutor General’s Office with a request to investigate the information that was reported by the media about officials of the institution and their possible violations.

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