blikk.hu 15 June 2017
After 3 years’ investigation, not a single evidence of misuse was found by the police, the National Tax and Customs Administration (NAV), or the prosecutor’s office.
Investigation against the organisation started after Index had presented a video in December 2013 showing István Balogh, president of the foundation, commuting from his home to the organisation’s offices in the organisation’s child saving ambulance car. Later more information suggesting misuse was published. Upon these reports and charges pressed by the political party ‘Jobbik’, the Budapest Police Department (BRFK) started an investigation in January 2014, which was terminated in May 2016, in the absence of a criminal offence.
As the legal representative of the Foundation pointed out, no evidence of misuse of funds was found by the police, the prosecutor’s office or the tax authority at the Children Cancer Foundation after two and a half years of intensive investigation. The police concluded that no criminal offence could be established and no further investigative actions were likely to carry forward the investigation in any way.
The foundation pointed out that it became clear that the claims and rumours related to István Balog’s activities published in the media after 2013 were unfounded. During his work, István Balogh kept all the regulations and never misused a single forint.
The false news items and their spread in the media caused the Children Cancer Foundation a loss of 550 million forints in tax donations in the past three and a half years, according to the Foundation’s own calculations. For example, in 2014 they received 150 million less 1% personal income tax offerings.
Between 2006 and 2009, the Children Cancer Foundation was No 1 in terms of 1% personal tax offerings; from 2010 to 2013, it was No 2. While in 2013 it received a total 221 million, this sum fell to 70 million and 63 million in 2014 and 2016, respectively, making the organisation No 6 and No 10 on the list.