Five detained over suspected VAT fraud in Poland
PR dla Zagranicy
Police in Poland say they have detained five members of a suspected organised crime group over alleged VAT fraud that transcended national borders.
The losses to public coffers from the suspected scam are estimated at more than PLN 340 million (EUR 79 million, USD 91.4 million), public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported on Friday.
It quoted a spokeswoman for Poland’s Central Bureau of Police Investigation (CBŚP) as saying that the organised criminal group is believed to have operated in Poland as well as in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 2015 and 2016.
Investigators believe the group used fraudulent value-added tax invoices documenting fictitious trade in goods such as foodstuffs and manufactured products, the spokeswoman, Iwona Jurkiewicz, said.
She added that the suspects were facing charges carrying a maximum 10 years in prison.
The investigation is ongoing and further detentions may follow, Jurkiewicz said, as cited by the IAR news agency.