The members of the criminal group acted as subgroups and are suspected of defrauding VAT in the trade of polymers, construction, training, advertising and transport services, the investigators inform. In the case where the losses of the State Treasury are estimated at over PLN 160 million – another 14 people were detained. So far, 130 people have heard accusations in the investigation.
– The case concerns an organized criminal group whose members issued unreliable and false VAT invoices as part of the so-called carousel. The subject of the crime is, inter alia, construction, advertising and transport services. Successive economic entities, performing the role of the so-called disappearing taxpayers or “buffers” created false documentation of the costs incurred – said Anita Wielanek, spokeswoman for the head of the National Tax Administration. And she added: – Several hundred business entities may be involved in criminal activity, and the losses of the State Treasury were estimated at over PLN 160 million.
One hundred officers in action
The action was carried out last week in the provinces of Silesia and Lesser Poland. About one hundred officers took part in the actions.
– The suspects’ places of residence, company headquarters and accounting offices were searched. The officers secured cell phones, computer hardware, IT data carriers and a huge amount of documentation. In addition, the policemen found and seized amphetamines and two units of weapons with ammunition and a silencer from one of the suspects – said Deputy Inspector Iwona Jurkiewicz from the Central Police Investigation Bureau.
Property worth approximately PLN 800,000 was secured against future penalties, including a luxury car. Investigators also blocked more than eighty bank accounts owned or used by the suspects.
The prosecutor of the West Pomeranian Branch of the Department for Organized Crime and Corruption of the National Prosecutor’s Office in Szczecin presented the detainees with charges, inter alia, participating in or managing an organized criminal group, laundering money, claiming VAT, or issuing and accepting unreliable VAT invoices and committing penal fiscal offenses. Three people were temporarily arrested, the rest were taken, among others property guarantees in the amounts from PLN 10 to 300 thousand.
Another 14 detained, the charges have so far been heard by 130 people
According to the Press Department of the National Prosecutor’s Office, the acts charged with suspects are punishable by up to 25 years’ imprisonment. The September activities are a continuation of the investigation that the CBŚP has been carrying out under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office since 2019.
– So far, there are 130 people in the investigation, with a total of over 500 charges. 80 of these people have heard accusations of acting in an organized criminal group. Currently, 14 suspects are subject to a preventive measure in the form of pre-trial detention, PK informed.
Prosecutors seized the property belonging to the suspects, worth almost PLN 25 million. The equipment taken from the VAT mafia – according to the prosecutor’s office – in the course of this investigation, was handed over, inter alia, to hospitals and the police.
Main photo source: CBŚP