Szczecin officers of the National Tax Administration detained four people who allegedly used fictitious invoices and participated in money laundering. They also blocked nearly PLN 2 million in the bank accounts of one of the companies.
At the request of the Szczecin prosecutor, officers of the National Tax Administration detained four people in an investigation into VAT fraud and money laundering. As a result of their activities, the State Treasury could have lost PLN 52 million.
The invoices, according to investigators, did not reflect actual business transactions and were used to avoid paying VAT or reducing its amount in the trade of polymer granules.
Multi-million losses for the State Treasury
Those detained are four CEOs of companies in the supply chain. The prosecutor charged them with participating in an organized criminal group, money laundering, and committing criminal and fiscal crimes. The offenses charged against the suspects are punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
– At the request of the prosecutor, the court imposed three months’ arrest on two suspects. In the case of the remaining two people, the prosecutor imposed police supervision combined with prohibitions on contact with specific persons and a ban on leaving the country combined with a ban on issuing a passport – informed the National Prosecutor’s Office.
Spokesperson of the Head of the National Tax Administration, junior asp. Justyna Pasieczyńska emphasized that the leading company caused over PLN 18 million in tax losses.
– During the proceedings and with the participation of the General Inspector of Financial Information, accounts were blocked for nearly PLN 2 million – added the spokeswoman.
Additionally, during the proceedings, the prosecutor secured property on real estate, shares in capital companies and cash – in the amount exceeding PLN 2 million.
The spokeswoman noted that the West Pomeranian Voivodeship CASH conducts customs and tax inspections of companies participating in the transaction chain.
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