The Economic and Corruption Public Prosecutor’s Office (WKStA) has brought charges against ex-Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser on suspicion of tax evasion on sales commissions from Meinl Power Management. The allegation in the financial criminal proceedings is that Grasser did not state the commissions in his income tax return, as a result of which the tax was set too low. The indictment is not final, Grasser can appeal it.
The charge reduction caused according to the indictment amounts to around 2.2 million euros. The penalty framework provides for a fine of up to twice that amount, i.e. up to 4.4 million euros. In addition to the fine, a prison sentence of up to two years can be imposed. In addition to Grasser, his tax advisor is accused of creating a concealment structure.
The indictment was brought in after the corresponding project report was approved by the Vienna Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Ministry of Justice and after referring to the advisory board for the ministerial area of instruction (“instruction council”), which raised no objection to the WKStA’s plan, it says in the communication .