On 23 June, some 33 premises belonging to the crime gang were searched in Hungary, Austria, Czechia, Slovakia and Serbia in a series of coordinated raids, writes Europol.
The investigators seized one real estate property with a market value of 12.5 million forints HUF (approximately €36 200 euro).The syndicate used a sophisticated infrastructure to facilitate such tax evasion spread over various countries in the past two years. The criminals would purchase food products with high demand (sugar and cooking oil) from Croatian manufacturers using conduit companies registered in Czechia and Slovakia.
The goods were then moved to Hungary without paying the VAT and further dispatched to retailers on the domestic market. MTIC fraud – missing trader intra-community fraud - might seem like a ‘white collar’ crime affecting only governments, but its consequences are far from victimless. The billions of euros that organised crime gangs have defrauded from taxpayers through this fraud scheme can find their way into dangerous hands, and are ultimately robbing citizens of the means for governments to fund vital public services.
This is why MTIC fraud was identified as a priority for the European Union for the period 2018-2021 in its fight against organised crime. .
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