NAV raids Roma National Headquarters

May 19, 2015

Farkas-Flórián

The former president of Hungary’s Roma National Council, Florián Farkas, (seen here with Jázár János, Viktor Orbán, and Zoltán Balogh) is in hot water because of its role in the “Bridge to the World of Employment” work program scandal. Accusations of embezzlement have turned into criminal complaints, and the criminal complaints caused the disappearance of key documentation.

The criminal complaints are being investigated by Hungarian law enforcement and the national government’s prefecture. Now, Hungary’s tax authority (NAV) has also descended upon the Roma organization’s headquarters to seize documents.

On Tuesday night László Vajda, a member the national Roma National Council, appeared on ATV’s Egyenes Beszéd with Olga Kálmán. Vajda says Florián Farkas (Fidesz) convened a meeting of the Council in Kisvárda northeastern Hungary in order to avoid the press.

According to Vajda, Farkas had obviously been tipped off before hand that NAV was to raid the Roma National Headquarters at that time.

It appears the meetings in Kisvárda were not held in vain. Vajda says the representatives were able to vote on the Council’s modified budget and on a new organizational operating agreement. These changes follow Florián Farkas coming under under intense scrutiny for his role in the alleged embezzlement of public funds and ensuing cover up.

Vajda says the suspicion of a cover up came when a representative visited the Council’s headquarters one night and heard a paper shredder operating behind a locked door. Police arrived on the scene and managed to enter the room. They founded a smoking cigarette butt and shredded documents, but no individual was found in the room.

Members of the Roma National Council have made numerous complaints to Hungarian law enforcement agencies regarding charges of embezzlement for months, but only now have the law enforcement agencies started investigating.

Vajda says that despite the slow response from Hungarian investigators and the best efforts of those affected to cover matters up, Vajda says that many of the key documents had already been copied and are being kept in a safe place.

Referenced in this article:

Vajda László, ATV.hu; 18 May 2015.