Soňa Štětínská, spokeswoman for the Moravian-Silesian police, informed about the case on Thursday. Criminal investigators discovered that the businessman had been actively trading with a Prague company for more than a year, from which he was supposed to purchase, for example, printing paper and material for the construction of children’s playgrounds, and also allegedly provided various works such as project documentation. According to the records he kept, he supplied goods and services to three other related companies from Olomouc.
“However, the manager of the Prague company was a poor, homeless man who drank a lot of alcohol. The man was clearly not and could not be capable of any business activity at all, he was a mounted white horse,” said the spokeswoman.
According to the police, the deliveries of goods and work never took place and remained only on paper. The company then requested the payment of value added tax deduction from the state for these non-existent businesses. “Thus, almost 30 million crowns in VAT deduction was caused to the Financial Office,” added the spokeswoman. Another almost seven million crowns, which the company wanted to obtain, remained in the trial stage.
“On the basis of the established facts, criminal investigators charged both the almost 60-year-old man and three other businessmen from Olomouc companies, including the two companies for which they acted, with the crime of evasion of tax, fee and similar mandatory payment, committed as an accomplice and also an attempt. The Ostrava businessman and the second of the accused face a prison sentence of five to ten years, and two to two to eight years,” the spokeswoman added.