Employees of the SAP and NABU exposed the activities of a criminal organization at the Volyn customs office, whose members caused losses to the state in the amount of more than UAH 475 million.
About this informs press service of SAP.
“Under the procedural guidance of SAP prosecutors, NABU detectives exposed and terminated the activities of a criminal organization at the Volyn customs office, whose members ensured the illegal minimization of customs payments in the area of operation of the customs office, thereby causing losses to the state in the amount of over UAH 475 million,” the report says.
Accordingly, NABU detectives reported suspicion to 5 members of a criminal organization whose purpose was to provide services for importing goods into the territory of Ukraine without paying customs fees.
In addition, suspicion was reported to 5 more customs officials, who, abusing their official position, acting with the aim of obtaining illegal benefits for third parties, did not ensure proper customs procedures were carried out, which allowed members of a criminal organization to import goods without paying the fees established by law.
As a result of the criminal activity of the specified persons, losses in the amount of more than UAH 475 million were caused to the state budget.
It is noted that during 2018-2019, the members of the criminal organization carried out the illegal movement of highly liquid goods (mobile phones, computer equipment, clothes of well-known manufacturers, etc.) through the international checkpoint “Yagodin” at a much lower cost.
“In turn, to hide the crime, the customs officials ensured the customs clearance of these goods, drew up forged acts on the conduct of customs inspections, entered false information into the automated system of customs clearance “Inspector” and deliberately did not take actions to stop the criminal scheme,” the SAP explains.
At present, the question of choosing preventive measures for the suspect is being resolved.
We will remind:
NABU and SAP reported to the People’s Deputy of Ukraine on suspicion of organizing the seizure of state property (natural gas) in the amount of over UAH 2.1 billion and the legalization of illegally obtained profits.