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Kaupo Martihhin, a former high-ranking Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) officer in Estonia, and his son, Kevin Martihhin, have been charged with fraud and embezzlement that occurred while the father was still in office. They are accused of swindling about €300,000.
Their scheme was multifaceted and targeted the father’s joint-stock company which produced traffic-control equipment. The men misappropriated funds from the company’s rental-property income as well as payments from customers. Siphoned funds covered personal expenses such as vacations, at the expense of the company and its co-owners.
- The case calls into question the propriety of senior police officials owning businesses on the side.
- In this case, the father may have leveraged his status to build and gain credibility for his company.
- The men also allegedly produced bogus documentation, provided false information to authorities, and illegally accessed state secrets.
- The men are charged with using the false documents to facilitate and conceal the misappropriation and other acts.
- This case is a reminder of insider threat concerns involving family members working together; our deeper analysis section delves into these concerns.
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