Greece’s audit center for taxpayers with large wealth charged lawyer Stavros Papastavrou — close aide of former prime minister Antonis Samaras — on Thursday, with a provisional fine totaling 3.3 million euros in connection with a bank deposit found in an HSBC Swiss bank account and sums recorded in the so-called “Lagarde list.”
Last year, Papastavrou and his mother, who is also listed as one of the account holders along with Papastavrou’s now deceased father, was summoned before a financial prosecutor to explain how they gained possession of some 5.4 million euros held in the account. The charges against them include those of tax evasion and money laundering.
The ongoing investigation into the “Lagarde list” revealed that the bank account belongs to Papastavrou and his parents and the prosecutor ruled after an extensive tax audit that he has to pay 3.3 million for the years 2000-2012.
Papastavrou denied the charges and argued that he’s a “political target” and that authorities “are trying to condemn him with evidence of unknown origin or with no evidence at all.”