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14 December 2018

The CBSP and KAS officers together with the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw dismissed another organized criminal group whose members are suspected of extorting VAT. As a result of the group's activity, the State Treasury may have lost over PLN 70 million. In total, 17 people were detained.

Police officers from the Warsaw Central Police Investigation Bureau are investigating together with the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw and the Mazovian Customs and Tax Office in Warsaw. The case concerns the functioning in 2014-2017 of an organized group that commits tax fraud involving the introduction of electronic equipment on the market without paying the due VAT.

Investigators determined that the criminal mechanism consisted of multiple trades on the same commodity. All this in order to make the purchase and sale of electronic equipment probable, i.a. mobile phones, computers or printers between successive Polish and foreign companies. The form of documenting fictitious transactions were invoices that did not reflect the actual economic events on the basis of which declarations were made to tax offices. These documents formed the basis for obtaining undue VAT refund. Preliminary findings show that the reduction of public law liabilities resulting from the tax refund is over PLN 70 million.

This week, in many Polish cities, including Warsaw, the officers of the Central Investigation Bureau and KAS carried out an action during which a total of 17 people were detained. Also, the suspects' residence and the seat of business entities were searched. During the activities, further analysis was secured for documentation, computers and external storage media. One of the warehouses also secured electronic equipment that would be traded. The value of this commodity was initially estimated at over PLN 2 million.

The officers have secured property belonging to suspects, including money, jewelry and luxury cars.

Detainees were brought to the Regional Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw, where they were charged with, among others actions in an organized criminal group, under which a number of economic and fiscal offenses were carried out.

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