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Administration of a school in Jurmala suspected of defrauding EUR 100 000

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Police has detained administration of some school in Jurmala over suspicions of fictive employment. Defrauded amount may reach approximately EUR 100 000, as confirmed by State Police.

In May 2019, Jurmala police department received information that the principal of a school in Jurmala had organized fraudulent activities with a goal to gain monetary benefits somewhere between August 2012 and April 2019.

According to information from police, the school’s principal had hired some woman for a full-time job in 2012. The new employee was told that it is unnecessary to arrive at work every day, and so she was called in whenever it was deemed necessary. However, if the woman wanted to work somewhere else in addition to her other job, she would have had to be suspended from the account, leaving her with money only for the days she was present at work.

The principal had set some specific amount the hired woman would take for herself. The wage difference was to be given to the principal’s deputy. The latter then paid part of this amount to the school’s janitor and support staff. The remaining amount was given back to the principal.

Information available to State Police shows that the woman in question came to work very rarely.

At the beginning of 2018, when the principal’s deputy wanted to change jobs, the principal offered him part of the money paid the fictive worker. The principal’s deputy agreed to this arrangement and continued receiving this money until April 2019. Even when the principal’s deputy was on sick leave he continued receiving the money.

This May, when the principal found out the situation has been noticed by the police, called the fictive employee to work and had her sign a number of documents with retroactive dates.

On 17 May, police detained the 1954-born school principal over suspicion of committing the aforementioned crime. A search was performed in his office and home. Officers confiscated documents and data storage devices.

Police have commenced a criminal process for fraud committed in a group, as well as document forging. The school principal, his deputy and the fictive employee are suspects in the criminal process.

The defrauded amount is estimated around EUR 100 000. The exact amount will be determined in the investigation, police explain.


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