ATHENS – On the hunt to find Greek tax cheats with monies in secret foreign bank accounts, Greece’s Financial Crime Unit (SDOE) and prosecutors have found a Greek abroad with 5.2 billion euros – in a Greek bank.
Investigators are examining 64 discs handed over by Greek banks under a new law with data on deposits for the period 2000-2012. The authorities will first check bank accounts with deposits over 100,000 euros and later accounts over 300,000 euros.
Pressed by international lenders to find tax evaders, officials said the data has already revealed more than 16,000 accounts with more than one million euros each and they are being checked to see if the incomes justify the huge amounts in the bank.
What surprised most, however, was the finding of the Greek abroad said to have 5.2 billion euros The most shocking case was that of a Greek who lives abroad who reportedly had 5.2 billion euros in a Greek bank. Auditors informed the prosecutor.
The case was not unique. In another, investigators reportedly said they discovered a 92-year-old pensioner who had declared an annual income of 7,000 euros but who had 190 million euros in the bank, while a 56-year-old retiree was found to have 23.4 million euros in the bank.
It wasn’t said what the tax liabilities were or if tax evasion had been found, but Greece is stepping up checks of all bank accounts and now has the right to seize money directly from them.