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Entrepreneur who provided testimony against Jezdakova is involved in 22 criminal processes

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULiepaja resident Andrey Podryadtchikov created the largest tax fraud scheme in Kurzeme. Latvian State Revenue Service has discovered that he and his accomplices have managed to defraud more than EUR 2 million in taxes from the country.

This entrepreneur founded more than 30 LTDs. On paper Podryadtchikov was a fish processing entrepreneur, car trader and real estate trader. Firms tied to him provided coordinated reports and services to fictive companies. Nominated owners of those companies allegedly sold their firms to residents in Tajikistan and other countries, but the police failed to locate them, as reported by Nekā personīga.

Once the Latvian Finance Police took notice of this scheme, the entrepreneur hid. He was finally apprehended in Rucavas Parish. In prison, he admitted that the success of his business was based on regular payments to SRS Director General Nellija Jezdakova. He said he performed payments through his business partner Yuri Kaliev. The latter was a friend of Jezdakov family. Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau apprehended Kaliev along with Jezdakova. Both remain suspects. CPCB had also applied a suspect status to Jezdakova’s husband – Yuri Jezdakov. His case was ended one month ago.

CPCB investigators had found more than LVL 1,000 in the pocket of Jezdakova’s clothes during a search in her home in Babite. Suspicions of her guilt are only increased by SRS’ decisions to cancel unfavourable decisions in regard to employees of one of Podryadthikov’s companies in Liepaja. Whether or not there is enough evidence to prosecute Jezdakova is not mentioned by CPCB.

CPCB representative Laura Dusa says the investigation of this case is still ongoing and that there are currently two suspects.

It would seem that Podryadtchikov was assisted by not only SRS, but Liepaja Court as well.

The criminal case regarding tax fraud was submitted to the court. Kurzeme Prosecutor General’s office had pressed charges against Podryadtchikov and his business partner Vasilyev. However, judges of Liepaja Court had all decline to review this case on after another.

TV3 has uncovered that several judges had reviewed disputed of Podryadtchikov’s firm. Judge Didzis Akumanis made the decision to decline the request by Batler regarding the application of a fine. This decision was favourable for the company. Judge Renars Jurmalis had also reviewed cases related to Podryadtchikov’s business. The court’s Chairman Ilgvars Jaungelze says he does not remember ever having to review the case related to the city’s largest wheeler-dealer. According to information from the programme, CPCB has expressed interest in old cases related to Podryadtchikov’s business. Investigators have requested explanations from the court.

Shortly after providing testimony against Jezdakova, Podryadtchikov was released from custody. The man has since founded a new business; this time in Lithuania.

«Earlier this year we launched cooperation with Lithuania law enforcement authorities. An international investigation group has been formed. This group was formed solely because the aforementioned person has organized a new criminal scheme in Lithuania. This new scheme had appeared at the beginning of 2014. The aforementioned person has been detained in Lithuania earlier this summer,» – said Chief of Latvian Finance Police Kaspars Podins.

Podryadtchikov spent a total of five months in Siauliai prison. On November 18th, he was released from prison on bail on EUR 15,000. According to Liepaja residents, the businessman has returned to his home city. Finance Police has submitted a total of 22 criminal processes tied to Podryadtchikov and his business partners this year. Investigations currently continue in regard to four of them.

Podryadtchikov and his business partners had also provided assistance to former owners of Liepājas metalurgs to optimize taxes in Poland. A carousel of different firms was created in Lithuania and Poland, which allowed fraudsters to defraud taxes in metal scrap business. Polish authorities have asked Latvian SRS to provide assistance in this matter.


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