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IT specialist’s lawyers appeal client's arrest in recent restaurant case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULawyers of Edgars Štrombergs, who is the accused party in the Vairāk saules restaurant cash register data manipulation case, have appealed the security measure applied to him, as confirmed by sworn attorney Mareks Halturins.

He explains that the court put his client under arrest because the prosecution thought he could potentially impede the investigation.

Halturins underlined that his client does not admit his guilt. The lawyer refused to provide more information on the subject, however.

It is currently unknown when the court intends to review the security measure applied to the IT specialist.

As previously reported, Latvian State Police detained four people associated with the ‘Vairāk saules’ restaurant network on 12 June. The four people are suspected of tampering with cash register data. Police suspect the group in question has caused damage to the state worth EUR 1.5 million.

Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court has applied arrest as a security measure against three of the suspects. A bail of EUR 30,000 has been applied to two of them. Once they have paid it, they will be released from custody. The fourth suspect has been applied with a security measure not associated with deprivation of freedom.

As reported by Nekā Personīga, police believe ‘Vēl vairāk saules’ restaurant’s supply manager Dmitrijs Balaba had supposedly provided an illegal piece of software, which he then provided to the IT specialist – Edgars Štrombergs. He then modified cash registers to artificially reduce daily income in each restaurant. Some of the money was later paid to employees in the form of envelope wages. The company’s accountant – Marika Vītoliņa – was also involved in the scheme.

Police explain that Štrombergs received orders from Aivo Šneiders, the co-owner of Vairāk saules.

Company representatives categorically deny accusations. They say there may have been provocation from competitors. It was publicly reported later that shortly after State Police commenced searches in Vairāk saules restaurants, several shopping centres in Riga had received e-mails from Čili pica restaurants, which is a subsidiary of Lithuania-based Čili Holdings.


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