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Tuesday 16.10.2018 | Name days: Daiga, Dinija

KPV LV member says SRS, CPCB and court are involved in insolvency sector’s illegalities

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn his interview to SWH radio, KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems revealed new facts about the involvement of employees of different state institutions in illegalities realized by the now dead Mārtiņš Bunkus during the insolvency process of SIA Rego Trade.

«SIA Rego Trade was declared insolvent in 2008. Mārtiņš Bunkus was assigned as an insolvency administrator. Latvia’s State Revenue Service should have recovered LVL 100,000 from this process, but it has not done so to this day. Bunkus, on the other hand, has managed to secure more than 500,000 for himself and his employees. This was possible only with involvement and support from the State Revenue Service, Insolvency Administration, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, and Riga City Latgale Suburb officials.»

«SRS employees that had supported Bunkus’ illegalities include: Artis Naglis, Aleta Levinska, Rasma Ceple, Juris Petrovs, Signe Belova, and Linda Aizstrauta,» said Gobzems in his interview to SWH radio.

He adds that in the insolvency process of SIA Rego Trade, SRS had not only supported unreasonable bonuses, but had also permitted the administrator to not submit annual accounts over several years to make it impossible to trace creditors’ actions.

Gobzems also mentioned that SRS and Insolvency Administration had no reaction to the fact that Bunkus had transferred 150,000 to himself and nearly 14,000 to offshore Portonura Commece LLP in 2015.

«Allegedly a minor amount, but if it had been done by some other administrator, they would have been punished automatically. Insolvency Administration had not reacted at all to this situation. They had allowed a situation in which an insolvency administrator transferred money to an offshore,» said Gobzems.

«Here is proof that aforementioned criminal activities were performed so that Bunkus could purchase an Aston Martin with a registration number MB21 in 2015. The care was registered on behalf of SIA Hotel Vip Car Rent Services. The owner of this company is offshore Spritwell Commerce LLP. Both aforementioned offshores [Portonura Commerce LLP and Spritwell Commerce LLP] have identical officials and addresses.»

Gobzems says the moment finances ended up in the insolvent company, SRS had another opportunity to recover LVL 100,000. «2015 was the last time this money could have been recovered. However, officials voted in favour of continuing the court process, so that it is possible to continue paying unjustifiably large bonuses. There is reason to believe judge Jolanta Zaškina covered up those illegal activities,» says Gobzems.

He adds that by not organizing creditor meetings in spite of repeated requests, Insolvency Administration had also contributed to illegalities.

In his interview to SWH radio, Gobzems also pointed towards CPCB’s involvement in aforementioned illegalities: «Everyone was aware he [Bunkus] was living in Mezaparks with two cars – Range Rover and Aston Martin – neither of which was detailed in his declaration. Even his residence was not detailed in his declaration. Neither CPCB nor SRS had performed any measures in this situation even though all available documents and actions proved that Bunkus had a car and real estate property was in his ownership.»

«Bunkus had also attracted lawyers Romualds Vonsovičs, Ivars Gruntis, and Andis Pauniņš to assist in illegalities,» added Gobzems.

He concluded presenting evidence with a question: why did the aforementioned institutions provide preferential treatment to Bunkus, and why didn’t he prepare annual accounts year after year?

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