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SRS asks permission to launch criminal prosecution of 33 people

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUState Revenue Service’s Finance Police has provided the prosecutor’s office with materials regarding tax avoidance activities with a total amount of EUR 752,808.11 of unpaid VAT and money laundering activities worth EUR 3,601,082.01 carried out by 22 companies.

The institution requests permission to launch criminal prosecution of 33 people, as confirmed by SRS.

It was uncovered during the investigation that the organized crime group in question continued to avoid VAT payments by using documents containing untrue information. An impression was made that transactions were being used to secure economic activity, which resulted in the acquisition of rights to carry out VAT pre-tax deduction. This caused an especially large amount of financial damage to the state. Fictive contracts and loans were used to alter the origin of acquired money and avoid paying taxes. More than 70 actual and fictive companies, including those in Lithuania, China and Singapore, were involved in this illegal business.

EUR 240,060 and USD 10,045 have been confiscated and returned to the state budget during the criminal process. A total of EUR 22,000 owned by Latvian companies and deposited on a bank account in Estonia has also been arrested during the criminal process.

The organized crime group had developed a complicated mechanism to return money – a company operating in Lithuania was used to alter the country of origin of money and products. Money was then withdrawn in cash from that company and paid to either actual beneficiaries in Latvia or transferred further down the line through fictive companies in Poland, China, Singapore or other companies for goods procured for the company registered in Lithuania. After the realization of those goods in Lithuania, two members of the organized crime group present in Lithuania would use courier services to transfer cash to the organizer of the whole scheme in Latvia.

SRS Finance Police managed to apprehend the courier right in the middle of one of the aforementioned money transfer deals.

Investigation of this criminal process was especially large because it had a large number of beneficiaries. On top of that, authorities had to carry out procedures in Lithuania as well. Latvian law enforcement authorities cooperated with their colleagues from Estonia and Lithuania during the investigation. More than 150 people have been interrogated, approximately 50 different kinds evidence examinations have been carried out (handwriting, stamp, signature, DNA, fingerprints, computer data, voice recognition, etc.)

The criminal process has been submitted for launch of criminal prosecution.

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