In a news report by the New York Times, a man in Greece was quoted as attempting to sell his kidney on the black market for $123,000 (100,000 Euros).
Around 90 percent of the illegal immigrants who are smuggled into the European Union enter by crossing the Maritsa (or Evros) river between Turkey and Greece. The migrants pay human smugglers up to $10,000 (7,950 Euros) to guide them into the EU. On heavily traveled days, up to 500 people illegally enter the EU a day through this route.
The Government of Greece loses up to $654 Million (500 Million Euros) to cigarette smuggling activities each year as 170 million black market cigarette packs are sold within the country.
Environmental officials in Greece filed 1,500 criminal complaints of illegal logging in 2011, double the amount of cases that was investigated in 2010. Authorities attributed the rise in illegal logging in part to an increase in heating oil prices, which lead to people cutting down wood for fuel.
According to financial crimes investigators in Greece, up to 80 percent of all pawn shops and gold dealers in the country’s capital of Athens were involved in tax evasion activities. Greece losses a total of $58 Billion a year to tax evasion, or 13 percent of the country’s GDP.
Forest Authorities in Greece reported that illegal logging activities across the country accounts for up to 30 percent of all lost forestland that happens each year.
$320 Billion in income is estimated to be undeclared in Italy, according to the nation’s Industry Minister. In Greece, the government may be losing up to $30 Billion a year due to tax evasion. The Spanish Government collected more than $13 Billion in 2010 by focusing on tax evasion activities, an increase of 23 percent from 2009 enforcement levels. In 2011, an estimated 80 percent of the largest companies in Spain harbor profits in tax havens around the world.
The head of the Financial Police and Electronic Crimes Squad stated that $7.2 Billion (5 Billion Euros) is gambled online in Greece every year, with $2.9 Billion (2 Billion Euros) being lost in tax revenue.
1,938 pieces of stolen antiques were returned to Greece from overseas museums between 1945-2008. Most of the antiques were returned in the later portion of the time period, with 1,161 looted antiques returned between the years 2000 to 2008.
Corruption in Greece cost $753 Million (532 Million Euros) in 2010, down from $1.1 Billion (787 Million Euros) in 2009. The most corrupt institution in the country were hospitals and tax offices, according to Transparency International.