Nov 5, 2014 4:36 AM

Hungary tax chief admits ban from visiting US

The Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) The head of Hungary's tax authority has admitted being banned from entering the United States because of suspected links to corruption.

In an interview published Wednesday in the daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet, Ildiko Vida denied the unspecified corruption allegations and said the ban also affected other officials from NAV, Hungary's tax authority.

Vida said the Hungarian government knew about her ban and she was not planning to resign. The government has repeatedly denied knowing the identity of the officials in question.

The U.S. Embassy in Budapest said last month that six public officials had been banned from entry but did not release names.

Hungary said it was not planning to investigate and wanted the U.S. to provide proof of the corruption allegations and the names of those affected.


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