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Legal services to probe potential car scam

THE INVESTIGATION file regarding a suspected vehicle registration scam at the road transport department is expected to be handed to legal services on Tuesday, Transport Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos said.

Mitsopoulos had announced last week that transport ministry officials are investigating potential fraud involving used cars being sold as new by falsifying their documents.

The case concerns one dealership, which officials suspect was importing used vehicles from the UK and selling them in Cyprus as new.

There is also a separate aspect that the audit department was investigating: whether all legal procedures were followed in a large number of cases of re-exported vehicles.

In a written statement, Mitsopoulos said that ministry officials are performing a thorough evaluation of evidence collected.

“We expect that evidence collection will be concluded and the relevant report, including all appendices, will be prepared on Monday so that the file can be handed to legal services on Tuesday,” he said.

Asked whether other services may be involved in the scam, Mitsopoulos replied that this matter is for legal services to decide.

“We have duly investigated a complaint, received with some preliminary evidence. The government’s legal services will evaluate whether, and to what extent, other services may be involved and what the extent of such involvement may be,” he said.

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