TIPOS, Slovakia’s leading operator, is under intense scrutiny after authorities raided its offices and had its top employee arrested on claims the firm had been involved in money laundering activities.
This past Tuesday, about 30 members of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) raided Tipo’s offices in Bratislava and left with Jan Barczi, the boss, and its IT chief, one Milos Prelec, both in handcuffs. The two are expected to face custody charges this Friday to find out their fate.
Slovak media reported that the two would be charged with violation of obligations in their administration of foreign property as well as legalization of funds from criminal dealings. Neither the firm not the Finance Ministry have issued statements regarding the matter or the person in charge of the firm in the meantime.
It is reported that NAKA acted on a tip that the firm was taking part in money laundering activities through accounts owned by Tipos. This has been going on for a while now before the tip-off.
Last year, the firm closed about 142 customer accounts alleged to be laundering funds. The firm claims that the total laundered via its accounts amounts to €260k, although other sources think the value stands at €20 million.
NAKA is also looking closely at an assistant that Barczi appointment to facilitate the laundering. Besides, the body is investigating a few other financial dealings Tipos was involved in over the years.