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A large-scale scheme on illegal production and sale of fuel with capacity of 2 thousand tons per month was liquidated in Poltava region

03.12.2019 -

Tax police officers of the SFS in Poltava region under the procedural guidance of regional Prosecutor’s office liquidated a large-scale scheme on illegal production and sale of fuel and lubricants and seized excisable goods with estimated cost over 14.7 million UAH.

Within the framework of operation “Excise-2019” and investigation of criminal proceeding under Part 1 Article 366, Part 1 Article 210, Part 5 Article 27, Part 3 Article 212 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine in Poltava region was identified a group of individuals who, having entered into a preliminary agreement, illegally produced gasoline and diesel fuel from illegally extracted and stolen raw materials from pipelines using the equipment of two mini-refineries. The defendants produced about 2 thousand tons of excisable goods per month.

Herewith, in order to evade the excise tax payment and hide traces of the crime, the defendants used a commodity classification code that does not correspond to the produced goods in documenting illegally produced fuel. Excisable products were sold under the guise of a mixture of acyclic, paraffinic hydrocarbons and absorbent enterprises of the real sector of economy (mostly agricultural producers) and other consumers through the gas station network in Poltava region.

More than 490 thousand liters of fuel, lubricants and raw materials used for production with a total estimated cost of more than 14.7 million UAH, financial, economic documents and drafts of enterprises involved in illegal activity, electronic media and other evidence of illegal activity were seized from illicit turnover and transferred to responsible storage as a result of the authorized searches carried out in the production and office premises, as well as in the territory of the gas station through which the sale of goods was carried out.

The investigation is ongoing.