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Swiss swept tax fraud by IOC under carpet during bid, article says

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The Swiss government turned a blind eye to International Olympic Committee tax fraud in an effort to sway the 2006 Winter Games selection, a magazine reported Friday.

"The IOC took astonishing liberties with several federal laws. A year later -- thanks to someone -- these accusations disappeared," the weekly L'Hebdo said.The magazine printed what it said was a secret internal memorandum, in which a Swiss government official described how the IOC was involved in tax fraud, falsifying documents and bending the law on foreign workers.

Employees, backed by false documents from the IOC, declared 70 percent to 85 percent of their salaries, and illegal work permits were obtained for workers at the Olympic Museum, according to the memo.

There was no immediate comment from the IOC. Phone messages left for Franklin Servan-Schreiber, the committee's spokesman, were not immediately returned.