SANTIAGO — Chile’s police on Friday arrested not less than 55 individuals in a fiscal fraud case that could possibly be one of many largest within the nation’s historical past, amounting to about $275 million and implicating small and mid-sized corporations in several components of the nation.
Marcelo Freyhoffer, a excessive officer at Chile’s tax company, instructed journalists these arrested have been related to corporations that didn’t render actual providers and dedicated fraud via false tax paperwork. Their purpose was to pay much less tax or acquire fraudulent tax returns, he mentioned.
Freyhoffer mentioned the suspects will stand trial for tax crimes, prison affiliation, cash laundering, customs fraud and making false declarations, and could possibly be jailed for as much as 15 years in what he known as the nation’s largest fraud case ever.
The investigation began in 2016 and touched corporations working in a variety of areas, various from building to exporters of cell telephones.
Chile’s President Gabriel Boric mentioned the arrests present that “the establishments work towards those that commit crimes, towards those that commit white-collar crime, towards those that commit acts of corruption.”
Boric spoke throughout a go to to the area of Magallanes, in Chile’s south, the place he voted on the brand new proposed Structure.