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Riga Tourism Development Bureau may have caused damages worth EUR 300 000

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAs a result of criminal activities Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTDB) has caused damages worth no less than EUR 300 000, according to initial estimates.

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) reports that facts uncovered by investigators show that officials of RTDB may have wasted a great deal of the foundation’s finances with fictive cooperation contracts, private expenses, fictive employment contracts, as well as large-scale fraud. Other crimes include forgery of documents and use of forged documents.

The exact extent of losses will be clarified soon through examination of accounting documents, KNAB adds. Investigators say the investigation of this criminal case will take a long time, considering that possible criminals are associated with foreign countries, as well as the fact that there is a lot of work ahead.

Information uncovered by KNAB shows that tracks of the crime lead to foreign countries. This means investigators have had to send several investigation requests to European authorities. Now it will be necessary to issue several requests for assistance, which could lengthen the investigation even more.

It is also necessary to perform different kinds of examinations. This is an especially time-consuming process in Latvia, because all separate examinations are performed one after another. For example, voice examination usually requires 12 months, whereas document and handwriting examination – two to four months.

Investigation of aforementioned crimes will help KNAB determine what legislative changes are needed in relation to foundations and associations to prevent wasting of municipal finances in the future.

On 5 April 2019, KNAB commenced a criminal process against Riga City Council foundation Riga Tourism Development Bureau officials for wasting budget funds, document forging, use of forged documents and fraud.

On 13 April KNAB performed immediate measures, including more than a dozen searches at different addresses. Searches were performed not only in Latvia but also Germany, Sweden and Spain. A great deal of information, data storage devices, as well as excise goods with no excise stamps were confiscated as a result. Several dozen people have been interrogated as part of the criminal process.

Two people are made suspects in this criminal case – RTDB board chairperson Vita Jermoloviča and office manager Inguna Priedīte. Both have been released from custody. Security measures have been applied: prohibition to take office, prohibition to leave the country and meet with specific people.

KNAB stresses – the number of suspects may yet increase.

KNAB also stresses that no one is considered guilty until their guilt has been proven in accordance with the law.


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  1. Alex says:

    One way of minimising waste is very easy to implement – don’t give them anything. At least not until their books have been cleared by reputable auditors and no personnel are under suspicion.
    Additionally, people may be innocent, but they may also be under suspicion and under investigation – and that should be conveyed to readers.

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