Outgoing economy minister Juraj Miskov confirmed at a press conference yesterday that the Slovak confidence trickster who pretended to be from the Ministry had raked in a total of EUR 4.2 million from a total of eight Austrian companies.
The imposter convinced the gullible Austrian companies that they were contributing to a euro-project for a fictitious EUR 127 million project in Levice. The companies thought they had received notification from the Ministry of Economy on its headed paper (but no stamp), with payments being made via an association set up in Austria called Bau Arge Levice.
Minister Miskov pointed out that although the case will cause no material loss for Slovakia, it has damaged “the country’s good name in the eyes of foreign investors”. Miskov was speaking after a meeting with the Austrian Embassy, which seeks chiefly to catch the conman and return the money to the aggrieved companies.