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May 11, 2021

Commerce with food and alcohol under police scrutiny

Police officers with fraud investigation structures have checked several commercial companies last week in an effort to discover and prevent illegalities in the commerce with cereals, vegetables, fruits and alcohol, a press communiqué that the Romanian Police’s General Inspectorate remitted to the editorial office shows. Thus, authorities have confiscated over 280 tons of cereals, 110 tons of vegetables and fruits, and over 8,200 liters of alcoholic beverages. 39 persons are under investigation. The 1,500 searches conducted have revealed 17 crimes (of which 13 consist of tax evasion) for which 12 persons are under investigation. Of the 283.3 tons of cereals confiscated, 275 tons consisted of corn. At the same time, three vehicles whose value totals over RON 100,000 were confiscated for being used in illegal transports.

The verifications that targeted 481 companies have revealed 11 crimes for which seven persons are under investigation. Moreover, approximately 110 tons of goods and merchandise totaling approximately RON 70,000 have been pulled off the market. 1,600 searches targeted 600 companies, over 360 physical persons and 810 means of transportation involved in commerce with alcohol.

In Constanta two company managers are under investigation because they failed to include in their company’s accounting books revenues obtained from the sale of a significant quantity of cereals. By doing that the company incurred budget losses of approximately RON 13 M. The suspects are investigated for tax evasion, the case being filed to the Constanta Court’s Prosecutor’s Office with the proposal to have it forwarded to DNA-Constanta since the damages surpass EUR 1 M.

Galati County’s Transport Police officers are investigated two men suspected of being involved in buying cereals from physical persons on the basis of fictitious documents, incurring budget losses of over RON 1.6 M in uncollected VAT, income taxes and profit taxes.

Police officers from the Fraud Investigation Service, in collaboration with commissioners from Dambovita County’s Financial Guard, have pulled over a utility vehicle carrying 1,378 liters of alcohol. The alcohol bottles had fiscal marks thought to be forged.

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