Polish law enforcement raid 40 locations for fuel fraud

Polish law enforcement agencies conducted raids in more than 40 locations across the country as part of a nationwide investigation, with targets including companies suspected of tax fraud, spokesperson for the regional Prosecutor’s office Maciej zalensky said on Monday.

About 180 officers from the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, Customs and Tax Offices and Road Transport Inspection Authority joined forces in a major operation aimed at busting the so-called fuel mafia that is suspected of defrauding millions of zlotys in unpaid taxes.

“The searches were carried out at the request of the Gdańsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office and their aim was to secure documents and various items related to trade in biofuels and their components,” Maciej Załęski told PAP.

“It is a multi-thread and trans-border investigation by the CBA’s Szczecin branch that concerns an organised crime group that operated across the country from November 2015 to March 2017,” Załęski said.

The group is suspected of VAT, excise-tax and fuel-fee fraud that could deprive the Polish budget of at least PLN 70 mln (EUR 16 mln), according to the spokesman.

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