Investigators probe Lithuania’s biggest retail group for alleged illegal activity

Lithuania’s Prosecutor General’s Office and the Financial Crime Investigation Service (FNTT) are conducting a probe into alleged illegal activities by Vilniaus Prekyba, one of Lithuania’s biggest business groups, and its shareholders, including Lithuania’s richest businessman, Nerijus Numavičius. Numavičious assets are worth an estimated €1.3 billion.
Nerijus Numavičius
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Vilniaus Prekyba runs the country's biggest supermarket chains, Maxima
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