Ex-HDZ Leader's Wife Among Money Siphoning Suspects

By 20 May 2020

ZAGREB, May 20, 2020 - Police on Wednesday launched an operation in cooperation with the USKOK anti-corruption office targeting a number of companies and about 30 persons for siphoning money via fictitious invoices, including Ana Karamarko, wife of former HDZ president Tomislav Karamarko. 

The suspects are being arrested and their homes and offices searched, unofficial sources said. Neither the police nor USKOK has made a comment yet.

The persons in question and their companies are suspected of charging non-existent services via fictitious invoices and tax fraud from 2017 until 2019.

Vecernji List daily said they were suspected of illegally gaining HRK 20 million and defrauding the state of HRK 11 million.

According to unofficial sources, Ana Karamarko's company Drimia paid HRK 400,000 for fictitious services.

In 2016, because of Drimia's cooperation with Jozo Petrovic, a consultant for the Hungarian energy group MOL, Tomislav Karamarko stepped down as deputy prime minister and HDZ president.

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