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    Latvian customs officer comes under suspicion due to huge gambling winnings

    RIGA, May 17 (LETA) - The Internal Security Administration of the Latvian State Revenue Service has started a criminal proceeding against a senior customs officer, Vladimirs Vinokurovs, who for the past few years has been declaring huge amounts as gambling winnings in his annual income declaration.

    The State Revenue Service also said that tomorrow, on May 18, it will consider suspending Vinokurovs from his official duties.

    All Latvian state officials are required to file their income declarations on the annual basis. In his income statement for 2017, Vinokurovs said he had received EUR 52,200 as gambling winnings. He had also declared EUR 238,628 as income from gambling winnings in 2016, EUR 187,196 in 2015 and EUR 157,571 in 2014.

    At the same time, his salary totaled EUR 13,236 in 2017 and he received EUR 1,123 as an allowance from the State Social Insurance Agency.

    According to Vinokurovs' income declaration for 2017, he also has EUR 95,000 in cash savings and EUR 6,075 in non-cash savings, owns a number of real properties in and around Daugavpils city in eastern Latvia as well as an Audi A6 car. Last year he also issued a loan in the amount of EUR 15,000.

    • Published: 17.05.2018 17:36
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