Charges Greece Protected Tax Cheats

corruptionThe former head of the Finance Ministry’s tax inspection department who quit her post in late 2012 said she did so because the new government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras passed on an investigation into high-level tax cheats to another team which it then abolished.

Katerina Frantzeskaki told the newspaper Kathimerini she had identified 1,700  suspected tax cheats in 2011 and that checks were carried out on 700 within a year, during which Samaras came to power.

The progress of the investigation was “very good,” Frantzeskaki said, noting that apart from identifying pending tax debts the probes gave rise to new leads.

But in November 2012, five months after Samaras was elected, she said Deputy Finance Minister Giorgos Mavragani transferred the responsibility for inspecting suspects on that list from Frantzeskaki’s team to a new service which was then disbanded. She said she found the decision incomprehensible as it stopped her from going after the tax evaders.

She said after that only one percent of 120 million euros owed in taxes by hundreds of construction firms, politicians and civil servants was collected and that the others got away without paying and haven’t been pursued.

That was at the same time Greece’s international lenders were pressuring the government to go after tax cheats and as workers, pensioners and the poor were hit with punishing pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions.

The government has only recently begun to look into a list of 2,062 Greeks with $1.95 billion in secret Swiss bank accounts which has already discovered large-scale tax evasion.


  1. Just one more potential scandal to be pursued after the present thieving leaders have reached the “helicopter moment.” That’s when they leave the roof of the parliament building by air to avoid being dragged into the streets by an enraged public.

    Tolstoy once said, “God sees the truth but waits.” But let’s not forget, God probably has more patience than people do. We are, after all, lower than the angels and capable of our own wicked retribution. The “helicopter moment” in this modern age is usually quick on the heels of the “Pitchfork point.” [Note: for a context of the “Pitchfork point,” reference “French Revolution”]

  2. You would know all about fake Skopian fraud.

    “In the 1990s,Macedonians speak a language codified in 1946,spoken by less than two million people, and with a very slender literature. They are members of an Orthodox Church whose authority was established by a socialist political regime in 1968.They are
    heirs to a 1903 revolution that until the 1940s was described by almost all
    sources as being Bulgarian.”

    – “The history of the Balkan Peninsula” Ferdinand Schevill page 432

    “Ever since
    1878 there had been a sizeable Macedonian presence in Bulg

  3. The current government has been looking at tax evasion from the beginning. It takes time to track down tax evaders. Unlike mobs of self-righteous incompetent fanatics looking to lynch anyone justice requires gathering evidence and analysis. Its only recently the fruition of our government’s effort has become evident to always ranting populists.

  4. You help thieves in FYROM trying to usurp our very identity. For as long as you collude with extremists trying to ethnically erase Greeks, you are not a credible source for lectures on ethics.

  5. The government is blocking the investigation to Tax evaders because they are their supporters and the backbone of their political finances…

  6. Why “Lagarde List” still undercover??? Why Tax evaders have not been investigated??? Why I have to pay for the mistakes of the government when I am not involved in this massive corruption who is gripping the country right left and centre??? Why I have to suffer when I have no involvement in this crisis while our corrupt politicians are enjoying the “Full Monty’s” life??? Why these FKNG 300 pigs are still governing when they are not capable of solving this crisis only to benefit themselves??? Why???

  7. Please the Lagarde List has been released from it’s secretive hiding place and very little has been done or can now be done after so long a period of time. Still there is hope the wives and brothers of ND MPs may face severe punishment as Michalis Liapis experienced.

  8. Actually the current government has been investigated the Lagarde list (the idiotic populists are the ones that think it hasn’t)

  9. You are here again Bulgarofski? Have finished cleaning the Canadian toilets already? I am sure you haven’t done a good job.Do it again popov. And when you finish come and collect your begging Scopian kids from my home town the one you and your fake Macedonfski eye so ambitiously.

  10. Cheats and thieves, nothing more. Once the USA and EU will stop financing them – they’ll disappear.


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