Ex-mayor, medic, aca­demics sus­pected of tax eva­sion

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A for­mer mayor of Marathon, in northeastern At­tica, yes­ter­day de­nied claims that he hid 3.4 mil­lion euros from tax au­thor­i­ties after the Fi­nan­cial Crimes Squad (SDOE) re­leased de­tails of more than a dozen cases of al­leged fi­nan­cial of­fenses. Spyros Zagaris, who was the mayor of Marathon from 2007 to 2011, claimed the bal­ance of his ac­count at Pi­raeus Bank had never ex­ceeded 7 euros.

In a state­ment ear­lier in the day, SDOE said a to­tal of 3.42 mil­lion euros was paid into the ac­count of the ex-mayor be­tween 2004 and 2009.

Zagaris’s case was just one of sev­eral high­lighted by SDOE as the out­come of probes car­ried out last month. Oth­ers re­late to six com­pa­nies al­leged to have evaded more than 5 mil­lion euros in value-added tax, three univer­sity pro­fes­sors who did not de­clare 3 mil­lion euros in Euro­pean Union sub­si­dies and a car­di­ol­o­gist who hid 1.4 mil­lion euros in in­come.

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