Checks on money sent abroad fi­nally pick up pace

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The Fi­nance Min­istry is speed­ing up checks on money sent abroad in the pe­riod from 2009 to 2011 as well as var­i­ous lists of sus­pi­cious ac­counts Greek au­thor­i­ties have re­ceived from in­ter­na­tional sources.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, out of the 24,710 cases of money for­ward­ing that should be in­spected, au­thor­i­ties have checked just 46. In the first nine months of the year no more than two were checked, and within one month, fol­low­ing the change to the le­gal frame­work, another 44 were in­spected. The checks brought about the im­po­si­tion of fines adding up to 7.2 mil­lion eu­ros, with about 2.5 mil­lion eu­ros of that al­ready paid. The tar­get set by end-Fe­bru­ary is for another 200 tax­pay­ers who have had money for­warded abroad to be fully checked.

A top min­istry of­fi­cial said that the aim is for some 80 to 100 cases to be com­pleted ev­ery month, but that re­quires em­ploy­ing more staff to mon­i­tor the lists and ac­counts.

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