Law enforcement agencies have announced the prosecution of him and his company for criminal responsibility in tax evasion amounting to nearly 19 million lei. The crime was committed over a period of four months in 2011. The accused, a 48-year-old man, organized fictitious transactions with other companies.
According to prosecutors, he obtained 30 stolen tax invoices from his own company. He pretended that the company was acquiring computers and accessories, while in reality, it was involved in supplying coffee, tea, chocolate, and sugar to retail chains.
Due to this illegal scheme, the company evaded paying nearly 19 million lei in value-added tax (VAT) over just four months, creating an artificial increase in expenses. To accomplish this, the accused hired his cousin as a courier in his company and offered him a high salary. Gradually, he was promoted to an administrator, although initially he was only responsible for topping up the phone bill and buying food for the accused’s cat.
After being appointed to the new position, he was tasked with signing documents, including 30 stolen invoices from the implicated company, without being informed of the actual situation. When the criminal case was initiated, the accused initially forced the courier to admit guilt in the theft of these tax invoices and hired a lawyer for him. However, after the investigation, the former director of another company, manipulated by the accused, admitted his own guilt and revealed part of the scheme created by the accused.
His testimony is corroborated by other evidence collected by the State Tax Inspection and the police under the guidance of the prosecutor, which demonstrate his and the company’s culpability. In 2017, the case was transferred to the Office for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption (PBOPOC) based on the decision of the Prosecutor General, and then in 2019, it was sent for trial to the Kishinev District Court of Buicani.
According to the verdict, the state is instructed to recover the amount of nearly 19 million lei. Until a final verdict is reached regarding the company and the accused, the presumption of innocence is in effect in accordance with the law. Currently, the accused is under investigation by other law enforcement agencies for other criminal cases related to fraud.