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Lembergs forced to clarify declaration, increasing declared income by half

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSuspended mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs, who is also accused of serious crimes, has clarified data in his declaration for 2018, increasing his declared income by EUR 372,144 or more than half than his initially declared amount.

LETA agency had previously noticed in the official’s declaration that Lembergs had apparently sold shares in Latvian Shipping Company for EUR 307,144, but the income section of his declaration did not show this amount and the total income stated therein was EUR 333,461. When LETA asked why this amount was not stated as income, Lembergs said it was a mistake and that he will correct it in the declaration. Because of that, his declaration had briefly disappeared from State Revenue Service’s database for a couple of days. The entry has since been updated and the declaration is once again accessible.

The updated declaration mentions income from the aforementioned sale of shares and his mother’s gifted EUR 65,000. Thus, Lembergs’ income was EUR 705,605 in 2018.

As previously reported, Lembergs biggest source of income last year was Ventspils Development Agency, which raises questions regarding the source of its finances. As president and board member in the agency, Lembergs earned EUR 93,389 last year. EUR 44,301 was earned by the suspended Ventspils mayor at Ventspils Freeport authority, where he works as board chairman. His wage as chairman of Ventspils City Council was EUR 20,067 last year.

Lembergs’ pension was EUR 72,740 or more than EUR 6,000 a month last year. Lembergs started receiving his pension in 2016. Lembergs also earned EUR 44,301 as chairman of Ventspils Freeport authority. As president and board member of Latvia’s Transit Business Association, Lembergs earned EUR 24,000 last year.

Lembergs was not paid a salary in Business Development Association in 2018 and 2017. In the past, it provided him with considerable income. For example, Lembergs’ income from Business Development Association in 2016 was EUR 187,819.

His salary in Ventspils City Council – EUR 20,067 – composes a relatively small portion of Lembergs’ total income from 2018. He was also paid EUR 351 from SIA Briežlejas as income from business activities.

Lembergs’ savings in banks have doubled over the course of the year, reaching EUR 654,274 in different currencies. His cash savings include EUR 70,000.

His declared debts have not changed: he still owes one lender USD 3.5 million, USD 1,769,303 to another and EUR 10,798,835 to his third lender.

«Regarding my debts I would like to say that I owe money to my children, not a bank or credit institution,» Lembergs said, commenting on his considerable debt.

He has also lent someone EUR 232,412.

Last year, Lembergs declared several transactions for amounts that exceed 20 minimal wages. He paid EUR 9,502 for some service. For legal assistance, Lembergs paid EUR 10,890. He also performed two monetary gifts worth EUR 74,650 and one donation worth EUR 10,000. Lembergs also sold AS Latvian Shipping Company shares worth EUR 307,144.

The dismissed Ventspils mayor also purchased jewellery worth EUR 9,650.

According to his declaration, Lembergs owns As Latvijas Krajbanka shares worth EUR 8,450 and one AS Ventbunkers share worth EUR 142.

Lembergs also owns several pieces of real estate in Ventspils, Puze, Ugāle and Riga, as well as two apartments in Ventspils. He also owns Porsche Cayenne (2015) and Toyota Hilux (2007), as well as two more cars, trailer, six boats, a Sea Doo 205 motorboat and a trailer for transporting boats.


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