The Italian Financial Police have reportedly accused the Mastrotto Group of setting up a system to avoid paying sales taxes on millions of euros. With the complicity of local shoe merchants, the Mastrotto Group allegedly had €106 million in undeclared revenues. It also is charged with paying part of the salaries of it 800 employees off the tax books. Bruno and Santo Mastrotto, the owners of the group, were found to have €1 billion euros in bank accounts in the Isle of Man and Luxembourg; investigations are currently under way to see if this money is related to the tax evasion. The tax authorities are also looking into the possibility that the Mastrotto Group used tax-free “black money” in dealing with suppliers, and are investigating some large tanneries in the Arzignano region.