The Financial and Economic Crime Unit (SDOE) has increased inspections recently and has revealed that the latest scam involves using tampered cash registers to avoid paying VAT.
Businesses wanting to appear legitimate and not attract the attention of the authorities are known to cash register which have not been inspected and registered by the relevant body from the Ministry of Finances. That way the business issues receipts that appear legitimate to unsuspecting customers.
The latest instance of such an occurrence was documented in Thiva, where the SDOE inspectors discovered that the owner of a coffee grinding shop and cafeteria had been using such a cash register for the past five years. The business owner had issued 102,977 receipts, for which he did not pay any VAT.