published: 29.06.2012, 12:03 | updated: 29.06.2012 12:05:40
Prague - The Czech anti-corruption police have accused a firm of tax evasion for the first time since a new law allowing this took effect half a year ago and launched criminal proceedings against the firm, anti-corruption police spokesman Jaroslav Ibehej told CTK today.
Until the new law took effect, only individuals could be accused of tax evasion.
Ibehej said the latest case relates to four men and one woman who were also accused of money laundering. They face five to ten years in prison if found guilty.
According to the police, the accused gained minimally 288 million crowns in evading the payment of VAT and the firm´s income tax.
The police have confiscated property worth 150 million crowns from the firm that they were monitoring from last summer and arrested last week.
The group allegedly operated in several firms interconnected by a pretended chain of purchases and sales. The arrested submitted property returns with false data, Ibehej said.
The police say the alleged engineer of the transactions, a 38-year-old Czech, currently in prison for other similar criminal activities, directed the group´s activities even from prison.
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