Thursday 24 September 2020

Beer import fraud may have netted gang millions of euros

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Finance ministry inspectors on Monday raided three commercial properties and six homes in and around Rotterdam and The Hague as part of an investigation into the illegal import of beer and soft drinks.

Officials say the gang ordered beer and soft drinks abroad on behalf of a company set up specifically for the purpose. The companies were then dissolved before they could pay tax and import duty, and the goods passed on to a third company.

Officials think the gang earned millions of euros with the scam between 2016 and the present day.

No-one was arrested but police did confiscate computers, paperwork, three cars, a lorry and €40,000 in cash. They also found guns and ammunition during their search.

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