PThe police charged seven people and those companies with tax evasion worth 1.2 billion crowns. According to the examiner, a group consisting of three foreigners and three Czech citizens committed criminal activity when importing goods. Accused of threat and 13 years in prison. TK shared this on Friday with the National Center against Organized Crime Jaroslav Ibehej and the European Public Prosecutor (EPPO).
According to criminologists, the perpetrators created a group of business companies, which in 2018 and 2021 organized the import of various goods from these countries, especially from them, to the European Union. The goods had a total value of approximately 5.4 billion crowns and the group’s aim was to avoid VAT payments, the central office said. According to the EPPO, the offender falsely declared that if the goods were imported to a company located in other EU Member States, the obligation to pay VAT would not apply to them. But in reality, they were secretly transporting them to warehouses, from where they sold things online without paying taxes.
“In the past few days, the police and customs officials carried out a large-scale operation under the code name Rejda, especially in the territory of Prague, Plzeň and the Stec region. In the course of the crime, funds in bank accounts (approx. 17 million crowns) and in cash (approx. 2.5 million crowns), motor vehicles, watches and more than 500 pallets of goods of a commercial nature prepared for direct sale in e-shops were seized ,” Ibehej described.
The police raided on January 25 and a day later they healed the thigh, added EPPO. All accused people are accused of being part of organized criminal groups and tax evasion. The court took some of them into custody. The companies were then sued for reduced taxes in favor of organized crime groups.
Since 2019, hundreds of birds of the General Directorate of Customs have been involved in the case, at the initiative of the General Financial Directorate and in cooperation with criminalists from the headquarters in Rome, the so-called Daov Cobras. The case is supervised by the European Public Prosecutor and the European Public Prosecutor.