The services detained 10 more people in the case of fictitious electronics trading. – A broken group dealt with tax fraud and money laundering. 1,700 companies participated in the procedure. The State Treasury could lose over PLN 1.5 billion, said Justyna Pasieczyńska, the spokeswoman for the head of the National Revenue Administration.
The arrests were carried out by CBŚP police officers together with officers of the Mazovian KAS under the supervision of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw.
They worked in the country and abroad
According to the findings of the investigators, the group operated in the electronics industry from 2014 to December 2018 throughout the country, as well as outside Poland. – About 1,700 companies from the electronics industry were involved in the procedure. Almost 500 of them were registered abroad – explained Pasieczyńska.
– Fictitious entities issued VAT invoices documenting the alleged trade in RTV and household appliances. The companies showed them in their tax returns and thus underestimated the amount of tax due, Pasieczyńska reported.
These were mainly TV sets, memory cards, mobile phones and tablets, which were subject to several apparent trades by the companies involved. Then the equipment, using another tax carousel system, finally ended up in the actual distribution and hands of users.
Spokeswoman of the Central Police Investigation Bureau subinsp. Iwona Jurkiewicz said that 120 suspects have been involved in the investigation so far.
– Last week in Warsaw, Wrocław and Bydgoszcz and in other towns in the province mazowieckie and province. Kuyavian-Pomeranian, CBŚP and KAS officers carried out an action during which they detained another 10 people, the policewoman informed.
– During searches of 30 suspects’ places of residence and business entities, the officers secured financial and accounting documentation, computers and external storage media. This is now evidence in the case, she noted.
A spokeswoman for the CBŚP pointed out that in one of the apartments in Warsaw, officers discovered a professional cultivation of hallucinogenic mushrooms, at various stages of their development, and dried mushrooms. “There were also psychotropic drugs in the same premises in the form of marijuana,” she added.
Eighth mass arrest in this case
The detainees were brought to the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw. The spokesman for this prosecutor’s office, Marcin Saduś, said that these were the eighth mass arrests in this case. – As estimated by the investigators from the Department II for Financial and Fiscal Crime of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office, the actions of the perpetrators exposed the State Treasury to tax deductions in the value added tax in the total amount of over PLN 1.5 billion – he emphasized.
He stated that the detainees had been charged with participation in an organized criminal group, committing fraud and penal-fiscal offences. – After the activities performed by the prosecutor, the court – taking into account the prosecutor’s request – applied a preventive measure to one of the key suspects in the form of pre-trial detention for three months. The other nine people, whose role in the procedure was not so important, were subject to libertarian measures, he explained.
– During the last days of activities, the property of the suspects was secured with a total value of several million zlotys, which consists not only of real estate, but also money – added the spokesman for the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw.
The charges may be punishable by up to 10 years in prison
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