Bucharest prosecutors and officers within the Capital’s police direction are conducting 41 searches on Thursday in Bucharest and counties Dambovita, Ilfov, Arges, Braila in a tax evasion case with RON 6 million in damages that is directed at MediaPro. At least 27 people will be taken in for questioning, according to economica.net.
In December 2014, Bucharest prosecutors began the investigation of a group of 32 people suspected of tax evasion and money laundering.
According to a July press release from the Prosecutor’s Office under the Bucharest Court, the evidence suggests that between 2009-2014, the suspects set up and implemented various financial circuits, with the aim of committing fraud as well as laundering and recycling money from fiscal evasion, via two modus operandi.
The suspects, as representatives of several companies which offered services in media and advertising production, registered in the company books and declared to the tax authorities fictitious acquisition bills issued by 17 ghost companies, with operations in the same domain. The value of these fictitious acquisitions was transferred into the bank accounts of the ghost companies.
Secondly, the suspects delivered services to various media companies, issuing various bills for fictitious acquisitions on behalf of various ghost companies. After that, they cashed in, via the accounts of these companies, the sums paid by the beneficiary of these services.