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State Revenue Service's blacklist contains 173 workers

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe blacklist of Latvia’s State Revenue Service contains 173 workers whose financial state is considered suspicious, as reported by LNT.

The list that was sent to Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola contains names of SRS workers whose last year’s declarations made authorities suspicious of dishonest practices. Declarations submitted by those workers are currently being assessed in more detail.

The Finance Minister notes that even though inspectors have relatively low wages, they are the ones who have the most contact with the criminal world. ‘This is why I believe it would only be logical for us to get rid of all dishonest workers. Wages of honest workers, on the other hand, should be increased,’ – said the minister. She did say she wanted to wait for results of the inspection before commenting on the number of suspects.

Researcher Arnis Sauka told LNT that the number of suspects is large, which may prove problematic for further tax administration and combating of corruption. He believes the situation in SRS, where high corruption risks have been noted, can be resolved by firing people, because there are nearly 4,000 people working in the institution.

SRS Director General Inara Petersone admitted in an interview to Latvijas Radio that more than 50 workers have been laid off since 2013, as reported by lsm.lv.

«Over the course of my term, we have laid off more than 50 workers in a slow and quiet way, without making any scandals. They were workers from different levels. Litigation continues in some of those cases,» – added Petersone.

Last year, Petersone requested SRS Internal Control Office to compare information from workers’ submitted declarations. 173 workers were identified in September. Information about them has since been submitted to the Internal Security Department.

There are two options for cases in which evidence is found to support dishonest behaviour by SRS workers: «The simplest solution would be the launch of a disciplinary case. If proof of the worker’s dishonest behaviour found, the worker will be let go. The other option is a criminal process.»

Petersone suggests introducing a new measure to help dismiss dishonest workers in the future – if a conflict of interests is found or false information is stated in the declaration, workers involved will be fired from the service. She has told the Finance Minister about this option.

Petersone also noted that it is necessary to make it clear as to who should check declarations submitted by state officials, because this matter has been a source of tension between SRS and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau for a long time.

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