The National Tax and Customs Office (NAV) has detained Márton Joób, a municipal representative in Szeged, in southern Hungary, on charges of VAT fraud in the range of hundreds of millions of forints, news portal Origo reported. According to the portal, Joób, a councillor in charge of family affairs, welfare and sports, is “a close friend” of Szeged Mayor László Botka, a former Socialist politician. Origo said that a NAV investigation into Joób’s case has long been under way, adding, however, that the authority would not comment on the portal’s information regarding an ongoing case. The local government of Szeged said in a statement that they were “appalled” to learn about the alleged fraud. They added they had no knowledge about Joób’s affairs which they said “have nothing to do with [Joób’s] work as a councillor”. “We trust that the news in connection with his activities as an entrepreneur is not true and he will clear himself of the charges,” the local government said.