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Aggravated customs fraud in Germany, Austria and Slovakia: damage of more than €1.1 million to the EU budget

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Last week (25 November), the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) Munich office conducted 10 searches in Germany, Austria and Slovakia in a case of aggravated customs fraud.

The suspects are alleged to have imported biodiesel, which was purportedly manufactured in a country of the Western Balkans. However, the biodiesel was in reality manufactured overseas. Damages to the EU budget are estimated at more than €1.1 million.

Three suspects have been confronted and several witnesses interviewed. A large amount of data and documents has been secured and will be further analysed.