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33-million-euro tax fraudsters dismantled



The Guardia Civil has participated in an investigation with agents from the National Republican Guard and the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority in an operation led by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office to dismantle a network of companies with tax fraud of 33 million euro.

In 2022, the Portuguese authorities began this action against this network involved in intra-community VAT fraud in commercial operations, being investigated for criminal organisation and money laundering. Last week, the Guardia Civil has collaborated in a fiscal assistance from the delegation of the European Prosecutor’s Office in Portugal.

During the course of this coordinated action, 206 searches were carried out in Portugal, 13 in our country and 1 in France, resulting in 11 arrests and the seizure of 43 vehicles and 120,000 euro in Portuguese territory. A large amount of documentation was also seized, both in physical and electronic format, related to the illegal activity of the companies involved.

The actions carried out in Spain have been led by the European Public Prosecutor in Madrid, with the Central Court of Instruction No. 1 of the National Court acting as the Judge of Guarantees. They have been coordinated by the Technical Unit of the Judicial Police of the Guardia Civil, with the Organic Units of the Judicial Police of Madrid, Ourense, Valladolid, Salamanca, Ciudad Real, Huelva, Seville, Tarragona, Pontevedra and Barcelona also participating.

The investigation has been declared secret, and the investigation remains open to this day, although the possibility of investigating more people in the affected countries is not ruled out.

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office is an independent body of the European Union responsible for investigating crimes against the financial interests of the EU and for bringing the perpetrators to justice.



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