Employees of tax police of the SFS in Khmelnytsly region under the procedural guidance of the regional Prosecutor’s office announced a suspicion to the organizer and members of the criminal group involved in the illicit production and distribution of the counterfeit alcohol.
Group of local individuals who organized and maintained a clandestine workshop where they produced illegal counterfeit vodka and cognac in the garage at home of one of the defendants has been identified within the framework of operation “Excise-2019” and investigation of criminal proceeding under Part 2 Article 28, Part 1 Article 204, Part 2 Article 28, Part 2 Article 204, Part 3 Article 204 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The ready-made counterfeit was packed into the PET-bottles of different capacity without the excise tax stamps and sold to the residents of region.
The specified criminal group started its activity in April 2019 and was detected, subsequently stopped by the tax police in August 2019. 1.4 thousand liters of the counterfeit alcohol were seized from defendants as a result of proceeded actions.
Defendants were announced of a suspicion of committing crimes under Part 3 Article 28, Part 1 Article 204, Part 3 Article 28, Part 2 Article 204 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
At present there is ongoing complex of measures aimed to complete the pre-trial investigation.