Five detained over tax fraud scheme in taxi services

In March, the Tax and Customs Police of the State Revenue Service (VID) stopped the activities of a criminal group engaged in value-added tax (VAT) fraud and money laundering in the field of taxi services, causing losses to the state budget of more than EUR 367,000, VID said on April 26.

The VID stated that the criminal group implemented a tax fraud scheme and it was carried out in the field of taxi services. A series of operational and investigative actions revealed that the companies involved in the scheme evaded taxes from the beginning of 2022 until the end of 2023, causing losses of more than EUR 367,221 to the State budget.

As part of the criminal proceedings, the officers of the Tax and Customs Police Directorate of the VID carried out procedural actions in Riga, Jūrmala and Salaspils, including ten searches at the residences, offices, legal addresses, and cars of the persons involved in the criminal proceedings.

During the searches, evidence was found and seized, including mobile phones, computers, seals, data carriers, third-party ID cards, and accounting documents, which will be analyzed in the course of further pre-trial investigations of the criminal proceedings.

58 cars have been seized.

In connection with the activities of the criminal group, the Tax and Customs Police of the VID initiated criminal proceedings for tax evasion in an organized group (Article 218(2) of the Criminal Code) and money laundering in a group of persons by prior agreement (Article 195(2)).

Five persons were arrested for these offenses and three of them were remanded in custody.

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