Detectives of the Bureau of Economic Security of Ukraine completed a pre-trial investigation into the facts of intentional tax evasion and the use of a knowingly forged document. In order to avoid responsibility, the company, which claimed to be the owner of the seized Apple gadgets, appealed to MPs and submitted forged documents to the court instead of paying taxes.
As the BES previously reported, detectives exposed a man who imported MacBooks, AirPods, Apple Watches, and iPhones from Hungary using forged customs documents. His minibus with Apple goods crossed the border through the “green corridor” at the Transcarpathian customs checkpoint without proper clearance and payment of more than UAH 14 million in taxes.
All the products were seized and arrested.
Subsequently, the company that declared itself the owner of the property tried to lift the seizure. To do this, its representatives appealed to the Temporary Investigation Commission of the Verkhovna Rada chaired by one of the Ukrainian MPs.
However, during the inspection of the documents provided by the company to the deputies, it was found that the papers bore signs of forgery: the invoices for the alleged internal movement of goods were issued after the detention of the above-mentioned cargo.
The pre-trial investigation in the criminal proceedings under Part 3 Art. 212, Part 2 Art. 28, Part 4 Art. 358 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine was conducted by detectives of the Main Detective Unit of the Bureau of Economic Security of Ukraine under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor General’s Office.
Also, based on the materials collected by the Bureau of Economic Security of Ukraine during the investigation, investigators of the Territorial Department of the State Bureau of Investigation located in Lviv sent indictments against customs officers to the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine and the Berehove District Court of Zakarpattia region on the facts of assistance in the illegal import of the said goods without paying the relevant customs duties.