As reported by reuters - Â ”The German government paid for information that led to a sweeping probe into tax evasion and expects to reap several hundred million euros (dollars) from the investigation, a Finance Ministry spokesman said on Sunday.”
Reportedly, theÂ BND intelligence service paid an informantÂ 4.2 million euros ($6.17 million) for a disk with Liechtenstein bank data on over 1,000 tax evasion suspects.
“The Finance Ministry spokesman did not deny the reports and added: ‘It’s money well invested.’”
The home of Deutsche PostChief Executive Klaus Zumwinkel has already been raided and the probe threatensÂ hundreds more rich Germans. Zumwinkel will quit as Deutsche Post CEO on Monday, the company said on Friday.
Zumwinkel is suspected of evading about 1 million euros ($1.5 million) in taxes by transferring money to tax haven Liechtenstein.
Hundreds moreÂ prominent GermansÂ will likely be part of theÂ probe into offshore accounts.
“Liechtenstein Prime Minister Otmar Hasler is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her finance minister, Peer Steinbrueck, on Wednesday in Berlin for talks on the missing millions.”
“Finance Minister Steinbrueck told reporters on Friday Zumwinkel had admitted evading taxes. Zumwinkel himself has not been available for comment.”