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SES chief accused of hiding transactions worth EUR 300,000 from her income declaration

Inga Koļegova/publicity photo.
State Environment Service manager Inga Koļegova failed to disclose transactions worth EUR 300,000 in her income declaration, according to information the prosecutor’s office.

The prosecutor’s office has submitted the criminal case to Riga City Latgale Suburb Court. The viewing of the case is scheduled for 27 September.

The prosecutor office told the press that the person is accused of detailing false information in their income declaration.

According to the decision to submit the criminal case to the court, in their income declarations for 2013, 2014, and 2015, the state official did not include information regarding their real estate property, transactions worth more than 20 minimal monthly wages, as well as other information associated with the official’s material state.

The official also did not detail large transactions worth more than EUR 300,000 in their income declaration. In their declaration for 2014 and 2015, the official detailed false information regarding transactions worth more than EUR 600,000, the prosecutor’s office report.

As previously reported, an inspection was commenced on 7 September 2016 in relation to problems with Koļegova’s income declaration and possible violations.

Because of Unity’s opposition, the government postponed Koļegova’s approval as SRS director general. She was proposed for the post by the Union of Greens and Farmers and the National Alliance. Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis announced later that he will check Unity’s submitted information regarding Koļegova and the dividends she received from Pallogs. On 12 August, Koļegova announced her decision to withdraw her candidacy.

Information from Firmas.lv shows that Koļegova owned 50% of shares in Pallogs until 6 September 2016. From this company she received EUR 320,000 in dividends. She said she gave away the dividends to her brother in 2015. The same year, however, Koļegova also gave out loans worth EUR 220,914.

She told the media she is only a formal co-owner of Pallogs and that her brother is the beneficiary. The gifts were also given to her brother’s family. The company’s annual account does not mention the company’s co-owner issuing loans, which creates suspicion of use of envelope wages by the company, the media say.

Although Koļegova detailed in her declaration that she has received nearly a million euros in dividends from wood pellet producer SIA Pallogs in recent years. Documents submitted by the company to the Enterprises Register that the company’s employees decided not to divide profits from the last several years, according to information from Firmas.lv.

Koļegova stated in her declaration that she received from Pallogs dividends worth EUR 320,000 in 2015, EUR 380,000 in 2014, and EUR 341,500 in 2013.


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