07 Jul 2017
A Paris court fined a Latvian bank on Thursday for taking part in a vast scheme allowing French clients to avoid paying their taxes and launder at least 200 million euros.
The court convicted Rietumu Banka of money laundering and fined it 80 million euros ($91 million) for facilitating a scam to “democratize” tax evasion among ordinary taxpayers and small businesses in France. The fine amounts to the bank’s whole last annual profit. Rietumu was also barred from operating in France for five years.
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