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Stuttgart prosecutors search Porsche offices in payments probe

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Stuttgart prosecutors search Porsche offices in payments probe
FILE PHOTO: A Porsche logo is displayed at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy   -   Copyright  PIERRE ALBOUY(Reuters)
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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Stuttgart prosecutors on Tuesday said Porsche AG’s offices were searched as part of a broader probe investigating confidential information leaks to a tax advisor and high remuneration payments to a Porsche works council member.

The probe involved 176 police and tax inspectors as well as 10 state prosecutors, the Stuttgart prosecutor’s office said.

Tax investigators and prosecutors in Baden-Wuerttemberg searched several premises including Porsche AG’s offices in Weissach and Stuttgart, the offices of a tax advisor in Stuttgart, and offices of finance authorities, the Stuttgart prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

A tax official is being probed on suspicion of having leaked confidential information to a tax advisor of Porsche AG in exchange for receiving favours, the prosecutor’s office said.

Porsche managers are being probed on suspicion of a breach of fiduciary trust on suspicion of having granted “disproportionate” payments to a member of Porsche’s works council, the prosecutor’s office said, without elaborating further.

(Reporting by Edward Taylor, editing by Riham Alkousaa)

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