Dominican Republic holds 14 in US tax fraud probe

SANTO DOMINGO,  (Reuters) – At least 14 people were  arrested in the Dominican Republic in a joint investigation by  local and U.S. authorities into a $100 million tax fraud  against the U.S. Treasury, senior officials said on Wednesday.
“The fraud is related to taxes paid to the U.S. Treasury  Department, with links in the Dominican Republic,” the  Dominican Republic’s Attorney General Radhames Jimenez said.

He added arrests had also been made in the United States  and Puerto Rico in connection with the fraud, which involved  claims for tax paybacks sent from the Dominican Republic. Those  arrested included U.S. Postal Service employees.
Dominican Republic authorities had cooperated with the FBI  in the four-month investigation.

Police Colonel Alejandro Dipre said the inquiries had  revealed the existence of a number of “ghost” companies in the  Dominican Republic and investigators seized computers and other  equipment there this week.

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