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March 29, 2023

Over 20 suspects in EUR 1 M tax evasion case questioned by Ilfov Police

A number of 24 persons suspected of involvement in a tax evasion scam using intra-community acquisitions via front companies were held yesterday and questioned by the Ilfov County Police yesterday. Police raids led to 138 tons of fruits and vegetables being seized. Investigations revealed the criminal ring being made up of 24 people of Romanian, Jordanian, Turk and Greek nationality respectively. Police also seized towards verification financial and accounting documents, as well as calculus systems found during searches at suspects’ homes and elsewhere. No documents were found for the 18 tonne fruit and vegetable load seized, according to a statement issued by the Ilfov County Police. The raid, conducted jointly with the Ilfov Financial Guard, identified 36 “front companies”, some of which set up in the name of foreign citizens, using forged documents. The investigation into the case began six months ago, based on information from the Organized Crime and Terrorism Investi­gation Department  and notifications from the Financial Guard, after routine checks revealed companies with fictitious places of business, Ilfov Police spokeswoman Claudia Burada told Mediafax. Investi­gators learned that the criminal ring, led by four Iranian brothers, would set up bogus companies through which they made intra-community acquisitions of fruits, vegetables and frozen meat without paying state taxes. Some of the companies were established in the name of some foreign citizens during their brief stays in Romania, the Ilfov Police spokeswoman said.

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