Serbia: Serbia’s police arrest 16 customs officers for tax evasion

Author(s): Aleksandar Vasovic | Date: April 24, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/q5peBU | Type: Text

Serbian police have detained 16 customs officers and one company director on suspicion of tax evasion and dereliction of duty, the country’s interior ministry said on Monday.
The customs officers were suspected of helping at least two private companies to avoid paying taxes and excise duties on cigarettes and other goods such as perfumes in 2015 and 2016, interior minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said in a statement.
“By doing that, they damaged state budget for over 11.5 million euros,” the statement said.
The ministry said police also detained an executive of Belgrade-based company Coco Shoping, identified only as D.T.. The company could not be reached for comment.
The ministry said the suspects had allegedly used forged documents to present goods as tax-exempt supplies for foreign embassies and organizations. The goods were later sold on the black market.