News2019.10.30 12:48

Lithuania's major tour operator, PR firm investigated for tax evasion

BNS 2019.10.30 12:48

Aleksandras Sukovas, the head of one of the largest tour operators in Lithuania, Tez Tour, as well as VIP Communications, Aza Tours and several other companies are suspected of document forgery and tax evasion, the Verslo Žinios business daily reports.

Officers from the Financial Crime Investigation Service (FNTT) have disclosed a group of 13 persons who used over a dozen tourism companies to evade tax worth at least 2 million euros.

FNTT said in a statement in early October that members of the group were suspected of fraud, property misappropriation, the submission of false data on revenue, profit or assets, as well as fraudulent book-keeping and forgery of accounting documents.

The group is suspected to have used inactive companies registered in Latvia for the tax evasion scheme.

Later on Monday, VIP COmmunications said the information published by the Verslo Žinios business daily about alleged suspicions brought against the company are misleading and not true.

"There are no suspicions brought against me as the company's manager, or the company itself, and we are not guilty of the actions described in various media reports," the company's director Berta Čaikauskaitė said in a statement sent to BNS.

She also said her company has no contractual commitments with Tez Tour.

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