Employees of the tax police of the Head office of the SFS in Kyiv jointly with Main unit of the Head office of Corruption Detection Department of the Security Service of Ukraine in Kyiv and Kyiv region under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor’s office in Kyiv suspended the activity of center for minimization of custom payments and withdrew a large batch of cash in foreign and national currency from its organizers and beneficiaries.
Organized criminal group of more than 20 individuals who organized and secured the import of goods of a wide range outside the customs control and without payment of customs duties in 2018-2019 has been identified within the framework of investigation of criminal proceeding under Part 5 Article 27, Part 3 Article 212 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Customers (beneficiaries) of these services were mainly the owners of Odessa and Kharkiv trading networks, as well as individuals-entrepreneurs who carry out the sale of clothing, footwear, household goods, construction materials, electronics, telephones and other goods.
At the request of clients, the defendants purchased branded and restricted goods in China and Turkey, transported them in shredded lots to Ukraine, using the scheme of “jackets” and / or by the requisites of controlled companies (including non-residents). Customs duties were not paid.
The logistics scheme was developed as indicative in activity of the identified group. In particular, the transportation and transfer of goods were carried out by passenger and freight transport owned by the organizers and their relatives, as well as by the air transport (in addition, the defendants used services of logistics companies).
Herewith, not only goods but also cash that was hidden in specially equipped safes and in personal belongings of participants of illegal activity were illegally transported in these cars across the border.
Furtherly, goods imported to the custom territory of Ukraine without payment of customs duties were distributed in warehouses rented on the behalf of controlled companies in Kyiv, Odessa, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv and Khmelnytsky where they were delivered to the beneficiaries.
Clients paid to organizers of the CMCP in cash (mainly in foreign currency) and in the non-cash form by transferring funds to cards of Ukrainian and international banks. Organizers of the CMCP received 0.5-1.5% of the amount of money transfer.
In addition, the defendants additionally received payments for cargo insurance and / or payments in case of damage to the goods during the forwarding of goods as parcels.
In total, goods in worth over 150 million UAH were illegally imported to the customs territory of Ukraine over 2018 - 2019.
Cash in national and foreign currency (579 thousand USD and 16.5 thousand UAH) in the equivalent of 14.4 million UAH, as well as drafts, seals, business documents controlled by corporate entities and computer equipment were seized from illicit turnover according to the results of the authorized searches conducted at the place of residence of the involved individuals, in the rented warehouses, as well as in the warehouses and commercial premises of the beneficiaries in cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv, as well as in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa region.
Searches are ongoing.