Five people were detained in an investigation into money laundering and other tax crimes. The suspects were associated with an employment agency employing temporary workers from abroad. According to the findings of the tax office officers, the value of the fictitious invoices issued exceeded PLN 40 million.
The investigation into tax crimes is conducted by the Masovian Customs and Tax Office under the supervision of the Warsaw-Praga District Prosecutor’s Office. MUCS officers detained five people. They were supported by the implementation group of the Ministry of Finance. At the same time, searches of five suspects’ apartments in Warsaw and the offices of related companies were carried out.
The detainees were presented with charges related to tax fraud, the use of fictitious invoices and money laundering. According to investigators, all five are related to an employment agency recruiting temporary workers from Ukraine and Belarus. – In the years 2018-19, its activity covered the entire territory of the country, says Justyna Pasieczyńska, spokeswoman for the Chamber of Tax Administration in Warsaw.
Two people were arrested
Two of the five detainees were detained on remand for three months. Over 130 witnesses have already been questioned in the investigation. – Analyzes of our experts show that the agency’s activities exposed the State Treasury to losses of at least PLN 13 million – the spokeswoman said. It was about, among other things, not issuing invoices and obtaining so-called cost invoices from entities cooperating with the agency and using them before tax offices. The value of fictitious invoices exceeded PLN 40 million.
The investigation is of a developmental nature and further arrests are possible.
Main photo source: The Tax Administration Chamber in Warsaw