SBU stops large-scale production of counterfeit excise stamps
SBU officers in cooperation with the Prosecutor's Office stopped a group engaged in production and sale of counterfeit excise stamps throughout Ukraine.
Law enforcers found that forged excise stamps were used to inject into the Ukrainian market the alcohol and tobacco products that are hazardous to health and life of the population.
The offenders used industrial-level equipment in two underground workshops to set up a large-scale production and sale of counterfeit excise stamps. In particular, the stamps were then “stamped”, onto low-quality alcohol products in volumes of more than 2,000,000 bottles per week.
SBU operatives established that sales of counterfeit stamps was done through the postal network - into virtually all regional centers of Ukraine. The sale of counterfeit alcoholic beverages and tobacco products was carried out through retail networks under the guise of well-known domestic brands and trademarks of legal producers of excisable products.
According to experts, usage of counterfeit products could have resulted in grave consequences for the life and health of citizens.
SBU employees stopped the illegal activities of the two underground workshops in Lviv and blocked the supply of counterfeit stamps to the regions. In the course of urgent investigative actions, law enforcers detained in Kyiv and Lviv 11 active members of a criminal group, including the organizers of the illegal business. Searches yielded more than three tons of counterfeit stamps, equipment for its production and “black” accounting books, providing evidence of the illegal transactions.
At the moment, the detainees have been notified of a suspicion in the criminal offense stipulated by part 3 p. 199 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The issue of choosing the measure of restraint to the detainees is now being decided.
Pre-trial investigation is under way.
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