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More than 3 years in prison: fast conviction in Germany in cross-border VAT evasion case

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Six months ago, an investigation by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) led to searches, arrests of six suspects and seizures worth €23 million in Czechia, Romania and Slovakia. The suspects were arrested on suspicion of forming a criminal organization and evading taxes.

On Tuesday (5 April), one of the suspects, a Slovak national, was convicted by the Munich I Regional Court (Landgericht München I) to three years and three months of imprisonment and a confiscation of more than €170 000. Therefore, real estate and an apartment in Prešov (Slovakia) and nine weapons were seized.

This fast conviction proves the EPPO’s excellent and efficient cross-border cooperation. In the past, this could have taken years and in this case, it was a matter of months.

You can find more information about the case in our press release from 4 November 2021 here.