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Criminal proceedings launched against former Patent Office head Aumeisters

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The Patent Office former head Zigrids Aumeisters

On September 27, the State Police initiated criminal proceedings against Zigrids Aumeisters, former head of the Patent Office, which is monitored by the Justice Ministry. The case was launched over allegations that Aumeisters had carried out double entry bookkeeping due to which over one million lats were hidden at German and Swiss banks’ accounts.

Under the Criminal Law, such actions by a public official are punishable with imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years with or without community service, a fine up to one hundred minimum monthly wages, deprivation of the right to hold certain posts for a period of one year to three years.

As reported, along with changes in the Patent Office’s management, its new head Reinis Berzins discovered that his predecessor Aumeisters had engaged in double entry accounting, as a result hiding more than one million lats at German and Swiss bank accounts, TV3 broadcast Nekā personīga reported.

The account in Switzerland was opened in 1999, while in Germany – in 2005. The secret savings comprise more than one million lats – 1 382 912 Swiss francs and 614 273 euro, the broadcast indicated.

«The Patent Office’s budget is around 760 000 lats. I do not want to specify the sum, as I have already informed the relevant law enforcement bodies – the Prosecutor General’s Office and the State Police – but it is significant and even higher than our allocated state budget funds for one fiscal year,» Berzins says.

Berzins and the Justice Ministry believe that this is an unprecedented law violation of the law. For a long time the law has stipulated all the money must be kept at the State Treasury. In case of the Patent Office, additional incomes were deliberately concealed from the state supervisors, the broadcast indicated.

While the Patent Office’s former head Aumeisters refused to talk with the broadcast’s journalists due to his health problems.

Aumeisters claimed to the broadcast that a year after leaving office he had not touched the money. He also didn’t see anything strange in the fact that he is still the only one who can access the secret accounts.

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  1. One says:

    Seems like the old game of playing dumb on the part of official.

  2. Insider says:

    The German account was used before 2005 and not only known by Mr. Aumeisters but also by A.B. still working at the Latvian office and many others. If a director or the Finance people really didn’t know where the money came from, you may ask yourself how competent they are with budgets.

    The amount transferred to the German account is substantially higher than the secret savings indicated above. Yearly extension fees before 2008 were up to 550k€.

    How is it possible that this wasn’t noticed?

    The actual work, search and examination, was carried out elsewhere, so it is somewhat natural that you don’t expect income for services that you don’t provide.

    Unfortunately, for patents this logic is not applied. So please ask National Offices why they merit a 50% share of renewal fees of European Patents??

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