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Lithuania's FCIS launches probe into illegal employment of Ukrainians

BC, Vilnius, 17.12.2018.Print version
ithuania's Financial Crime Investigation Service is carrying out an investigation into possible illegal employment of 39 Ukrainian citizens by recruitment intermediaries operating in Lithuania and Poland and failure to pay them, reported LETA/BNS.

The FCIS said on Monday it had launched at its own initiative the investigation into alleged fraudulent bookkeeping and the waste of other persons' funds.

The suspected recruitment intermediaries belong to Lithuanian and Ukrainian citizens. The company owned by the Ukrainian citizen also operates in Poland where it also provides recruitment intermediary services and has employed Ukrainians.

The Ukrainians were employed in Lithuania through cooperation with the recruitment company owned by the Lithuanian citizen mentioned in this case. FCIS investigators visited the company and found a working shift of Ukrainians. They found out the Ukrainians might be employed in Poland and were working in Lithuania illegally as they had no necessary permits.

The Ukrainians also complained about the company's failure to pay them for the work for several months, saying that they were given 50 euros per week and received regular promises of payment.

To find out if the Ukrainians were legally employed in Poland, the FCIS turned to responsible Polish institutions, and launched the pre-trial investigation into activity of the recruitment company operating in Lithuania.

It has been disclosed that the Lithuanian company had received money for the Ukrainians' salaries but the Ukrainians did not receive it.

The Lithuanian company is also suspected of fraudulent bookkeeping and waste of the money, preliminary valued at several dozen thousand euros. But soon after the launch of the FCIS probe, the Ukrainians received their payments.

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