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Lithuanian Authorities Using Google Maps to Catch Tax Dodgers

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — As soon as Google Maps Street View was rolled out in Lithuania earlier this year, tax authorities were ready.

Sitting in the comfort of their own offices, inspectors used the free Internet program for a virtual cruise around the streets of some of the Baltic country’s big cities, uncovering dozens of alleged tax violations involving housing construction and property sales.

They identified 100 homeowners and 30 construction companies as suspected tax dodgers thanks to Street View, finding homes where they shouldn’t be and other suspicious activity, Darius Buta, spokesman for the State Tax Inspectorate, said Wednesday.

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