In a special operation carried out by Bulgaria’s anti-organised crime police, co-ordinated by the Specialised Prosecution Office, 31 people were arrested in four Bulgarian cities and towns for allegedly being part of a scheme that avoided paying millions of leva in value-added tax on various goods.
Operation Invoicers was carried out in the cities of Sofia and Plovdiv and the towns of Samokov and Shoumen.
The Interior Ministry said on March 20 2012 that the organised crime group that organised the scheme had caused 2.2 million leva (about 1.1 million euro) harm to the state budget from 2008 until now, through the non-payment of VAT on trade in wires, building materials, fruit and vegetable imports and other services.
The group had set up and run several companies that they registered using the identities of poor people, including Roma people, and used forged rental, delivery documents and invoices, the ministry said.
The ministry said that dozens of companies in Sofia and Plovdiv had been involved in the scheme.
Ten people were arrested in Sofia, 17 in Plovdiv, three in Samokov and one in Shoumen, the ministry said. Computers and documents were seized during the operation. Investigations were continuing.