Busted tax evasion ring set up 100 phantom-firms, causing EUR 27 mln in damages

Newsroom 15/12/2014 | 12:45

DIICOT prosecutors are conducting 36 searches Monday morning in a tax evasion and money laundering file which also targets the European Funds Ministry. Sources related to Mediafax that the searches are looking into fictional deliveries, especially meat products, as well as illegal attempts to access EU funds.

100 people will be brought in for questioning in this case, after which the prosecutors will decide if they will make arrests.

DIICOT explained in a press release that the group was active between 2010 and 2015 in Bucharest-Ilfov and Moldova. According to the investigators, the group set up and used commercial societies on behalf of “individuals of low means with a minimum of education in rural areas of Moldova and the Republic of Moldova’ to avoid paying their fiscal debts.

These individuals were “manipulated” by the perpetrators. Phantom firms were attempting to obtain financial benefits through evasionist tactics, primarily fictional product deliveries.

“The number of these phantom commercial societies, which were set up not to perform legal activities bu to be used as simple instruments in achieving the main objective, namely obtaining illicit financial resources, is very high, over 100 entities”, the prosecutors show adding that the damages are worth EUR 27 million.

Another EUR 20 million represent the damages in the case of attempting to obtain European funds through fraudelent means.

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