Hungary's tax chief resigns, suspected by US of corruption

AP News
Posted: Jul 20, 2015 11:07 AM

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's economy ministry says the head of the country's tax office, who has been banned from entering the United States due to corruption allegations, has resigned.

The ministry said Ildiko Vida's term of office ended Monday. It praised her work but said a new, more "client friendly" era is starting at the tax office.

Vida was one of six Hungarians banned from entering the U.S. because of suspected links to corruption. The U.S. government never named those people but Vida made public in November that she and colleagues from the tax office were on the list. She denied any wrongdoing.

Under pressure from Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Vida sued a U.S. diplomat, M. Andre Goodfriend, who implicated the tax office but the case was dropped because of his diplomatic immunity.