SBU reveals scheme of illegal provisions supply to temporarily occupied territories worth billions of UAH
In Kyiv the SBU together with the Prosecutor’s Office conducted a large-scale special operation of revealing a scheme of illegal provisions supply to the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions worth 1.5 billion UAH.
For the last two years a commercial structure allegedly exported goods to the countries of South-West Asia and the Middle East. Instead, the criminals transported sugar, milk, meat and other food to the temporarily occupied territories in transit through the Russian Federation.
The “export” of goods resulted in value added tax refund for the “businessmen” worth 260 million UAH of the state budget of Ukraine. The criminals used the illegal money to produce structural steel in the enterprise located in the so-called LNR. After that these products were sold in building hypermarkets in the territory of Ukraine.
230 law enforcers took part in the special operation. In the process of 30 searches in the offices and apartments of the carriers, organizers and executors of the fraud the law enforcers revealed financial and economic documentation and customs declarations with marks of the so-called LNR customs that evidence the illegal activity of the criminals.
201 bank accounts and 160 large cars used in the illegal scheme were arrested under court decision.
In addition, at the state border the SBU officers stopped two trucks with provisions that according to the illegal scheme headed to the temporarily occupied territories.
Five criminals were apprehended. The SBU investigators notified them of suspicion under Part 4 Article 110-2 (financing of actions aimed at forced change or overthrow of constitutional order or seizure of state power, change of territorial boundaries or state border) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Custody was chosen for them as a measure of restraint.
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