SBU stops activity of interregional conversion center with branch in ATO area
The SBU officers together with fiscal service stopped the activity of interregional conversion center with offices in Kyiv and Sloviansk, Donetsk Region.
The law enforcers established that the conversion organizers provided their services to more than fifty companies from Donetsk, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, and Poltava Regions. In order to implement their criminal intent the perpetrators conducted non-merchandize transactions through a number of registered shell companies.
Overall amount of money laundered through the conversion center in 2016 is more than 300 million UAH. According to preliminary estimation, the loss to the state budget in the form of non-received tax amounts to a couple of dozens of millions.
The secret service officers found out that the organizers of the illegal business received six percent of the transaction amount. In order to legalize the money they bought agriculture products cultivated in the ATO area from private individuals. The purchases were recorded in the financial statements as coming from the VAT payers. It allowed the criminals to claim for VAT refund. Legalized products were sold to corn traders, who made export deals.
The searches at the conversion center offices in Kyiv and Sloviansk revealed 23 seals of shell companies, checkbooks, blank promissory notes, and documents confirming wheeler-dealer finance.
260 tons of agriculture products amounting to over 1.2 million UAH, belonging to the conversion scheme organizers, were seized. The accounts that had been used in the illegal business were blocked.
Criminal investigation under article 212 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine was launched.
Urgent investigative actions are in progress.
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