Employees of tax police of the SFS in Kyiv under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor’s office in Kyiv liquidated scheme on the illegal import to the customs territory of Ukraine and the further illegal sale of household appliances of the well-known trademarks and seized a batch of products worth 15 million UAH.
Group of individuals who organized scheme on the illegal import of household appliances, TVs, mobile phones, etc. of the well-known trademarks to Ukraine allegedly at the request of owners of online stores in Kiev and other regions has been identified within the framework of operation “Shield”, “Merezha” and investigation of criminal proceeding under Part 1 Article 212 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Specified household appliances was imported to the customs territory of Ukraine by individuals in shredded batches without payment of tax and customs duties (the VAT and duties), was accumulated in the territory of Ukraine and subsequently passed to the customers who paid the defendants in cash, the part of which the latter left for themselves as remuneration, another part exchanged for currency and used for further purchase of equipment.
Defendants imported household appliances of the well-known trademarks for more than 120 million UAH without paying tax and customs fees.
Furtherly, the illegally imported products were sold by their customers through specialized websites via the Internet at prices lower than the cost of officially imported goods.
Searches in the non-residential premises used by participants of scheme were carried out in Kyiv, Lviv city and Lviv regions on the basis of the court orders.
4 thousand 419 units of unmarked equipment of well-known trademarks worth 15 million UAH, unaccounted cash in national and foreign currency in the equivalent of 1.1 million UAH, drafts, etc. evidences of illegal activity were seized from illicit turnover and transferred to responsible storage as a result of authorized searches.
The investigation is ongoing.