Estonia's new farm minister has been punished for criminal offense
Estonia's new Minister of Rural Affairs Martin Repinski received a conditional prison sentence for attempted fraud as a minor, the news portal of the public broadcaster ERR reports.
Officials and medics among parent's pay frauds
If earlier attempts to con the state for the maximum amount of the parent's pay instrument were made mainly by people out of work or owners of companies, the middle class has also turned to this particular type of fraud today. People often put in place detailed agreements with employers not to appear on the radar of the tax board.
20.10.2016, Oliver KundPM
Kruuda feels state flex muscles
On Tuesday, about a dozen armed tax policemen burst into Tere offices at Pärnu Highway. For hours, they digged into documents and hauled off computers. The initial public procedure regarding a secret criminal investigation underway for a year.
18.08.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Crooks took all the homeless ones had left
A criminal group led headed by Vitas Malinauskas and Aleksandr Tšistov cheated nearly 90 outcasts out of income, for a couple of bottles of beer or vodka, leaving the people in debts and misery.
05.08.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Tartu deputy mayor leaves office
Kajar Lember, deputy mayor of Tartu who is suspected of repeated bribe-taking, resigned from the office of deputy mayor and from the supervisory boards of all companies connected with the city on Thursday.
Tartu deputy mayor suspected of EUR 850,000 benefit fraud
Kajar Lember, deputy mayor of Estonia's second largest city Tartu who was on Tuesday detained by the police for alleged bribe-taking, was still detained on Wednesday afternoon and is being suspected of benefit fraud in the amount of more than 850,000 euros.
«Nice» fraudsters arrested
Down the streets of Narva, there drives a fancy car. And comes to a screeching halt as driver spots a dead pigeon. He exits, heads to kids playing a hundred metres away, and hands them €10 to please bury the poor bird.
12.05.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Granny gives crook over €30,000
An elderly country woman in Ida-Viru County transferred €33,500 to a swindler she met over Internet, having borrowed it from relatives. Though those closest to her say it is an obvious case of fraud, police and prosecutor cannot do anything as she is not cooperating.
10.05.2016, Elizaveta FominaPM
Estonian cyberscam defendant sentenced to 7 yrs in jail in US
Estonian businessman Vladimir Tsastsin has been sentenced in New York to over seven years in prison for his role in a cyberscam that infected 4 million computers in over 100 countries.
Estonian money mules made own bank cards
The bank card fraud did millions of dollars worth of damage to an US company. True, mere tens of thousands passed thru the Estonian hands and they were straw-men rather than authors of the scheme.
18.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Five tonnes of used tyres dumped in ministry yard
Protesting against re-utilization scheme, ASBL Tyre Association started the day yesterday by dumping 5 tonnes of used tyres into environment ministry yard. «This cannot go on as importers shirking re-utilization by tax fraud are causing environmental pollution,» explained the organisers.
Editorial: don't throw the good goals out with the cheats
Turns out, 22 foreign students have falsified up-to-now education documents to enroll in Estonia's universities. Before getting too mad, think of the following.
Foreign students suspected in far-flung fraud
These past few months have yielded 22 cases of foreign students falsifying assessment decisions by Estonian academic recognition agency (ENIC/NARIC) to use these for enrolling in our universities. The cheats hailed from Western Africa and used services by local representatives.
19.02.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: see, I'm a scientist
With science ethics, it's more than written rules or administrative guidelines. More than that, it's about moral principles. Though unwritten, they're vital just the same so as to ensure the functioning of science.
Court running out of patience regarding Tõnis Haavel
Convicted in aiding investment fraud, Tõnis Haavel failed to show up at Harju County Court for the sixth time yesterday to discuss the list of his assets and liabilities.
14.01.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
Polish shipbuilder doesn't agree with corruption allegation
The Polish shipbuilder Remontowa Shipbuilding does not agree with the suspicion filed by prosecutors in Estonia that two members of their management have given a bribe to former managers of the Estonian state owned company Port of Tallinn to win a tender to build ferries for routes connecting the mainland and Estonia's big western islands.
Two middle managers of Estonian Road Administration resign due to scandal
Two middle managers of the Estonian Road Administration tendered their resignation on Friday after having admitted that they knew about the graft scheme.
26.10.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Gold fraud flop trips up crafty crook
An major Ida-Viru criminal strings puller for years, Mihhail Semjonov got caught in the stupidest of ways when a straw man linked to him and involved in a gold fraud undertook to deny his «boss» with utmost and exaggerated eagerness.
14.10.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: «unbelievable ugliness» is apt
Unbelievable ugliness – an assessment by University of Tartu rector Volli Kalm to Institute of Physics research fellow promising gymnasium gals altering of exam results in exchange for becoming his mistress. Naturally, the university will have to talk to the individual and gain needed insight. Still, one will have to agree to the rector’s initial reaction: behaving like this, a person may no longer work at the institution.
«But he is a soldier, and so lonesome!»
«Thanks you a lot for receiving me into your life and I’m very much happy too so I found the best woman in the world. I have very much good feelings for you and this keeps me alive. I am a loving and honest man and I promise you will never regret meeting me when I am at home,» reads the English of a most romantic man on the planet.
12.03.2015, Liisa TagelPM
A development fund bathing in beer river
For fast growth, tech start-ups mostly need beer. Barrels of it – as seen in analysis of Estonian Development Fund under leadership of Tõnis Arro by Interna, an auditor.
18.11.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Second-tier court eases punishments in investment fraud case
Defendants in the investment fraud case were also found guilty in the second-tier Tallinn Circuit Court on Wednesday but the Estonian court decided to ease their punishments.
Parliamentarian insists on innocence
«I am being accused in something which has not been,» MP and former Tartu city council member Urbo Vaarmann (37, Centre Party) told reporters yesterday as he arrived in court.
21.10.2014, Risto MetsPM
Editorial: grand fraud and singed justice
Estonia is having her very first football betting related court case: 11 men stand accused by Public Prosecutor’s Office in match-fixing and betting fraud. According to accusations, criminal income exceeds €108,000.
Top crook cooks up false footballers
Behind the greatest football fraud in Estonian stands a leading figure in Ida-Viru County criminal circles, the convicted murderer Valeri Mihhailov.
03.12.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Group suspected of EUR 8 mln VAT fraud
Officials of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board's investigation department at the end of July carried out 17 simultaneous searches and detained seven people suspected of a tax offense amounting to almost eight million euros.
Neste: Fuel tax fraud will cost Estonia EUR 50 mln this year
The inflow of fuel-related tax revenues in Estonia has considerably decreased since the beginning of the year and if things go on like that the Estonian state will lose 30 million euros through VAT fraud and another 20 million euros through excise duty fraud this year, Neste says.
Aaviksoo: fraud more widespread than we think
Minister of education and research Jaak Aaviksoo believes that, in order to uproot fraud from universities, mindsets have to be altered first – students will have to develop intolerance towards copying and plagiarism, standing ready to turn the cheats in.
05.07.2013, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Hannes Astok: the gloom of a cake gone bad
Liberal world view is no licence to counterfeit, cheat and steal – not the cake, nor the plate, nor votes, writes Reform Party member Hannes Astok.
12.06.2013, Hannes Astok, e-state expert (Reform Party)PM
Survey suggests that fraud, corruption play growing role in business
On a global basis, 57 percent of managers interviewed by Ernst & Young for its Global Fraud Survey reported that bribery or corrupt practices occur frequently in their countries.
Estonian court surrenders Lithuanian fraud suspect to Germany
The Tallinn-based Harju regional court on Friday ruled in favor of the extradition to Germany of a Lithuanian man suspected by German law enforcement authorities of multiple counts of fraud.
Estonian insurers foil fraud schemes worth EUR 2.38 mln in 2012
Insurace companies in Estonia detected 250 fraud cases during 2012 in which attempts had been made to defraud them of 2.38 million euros.