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Slovakia: Seizure of electronic devices in investigation of tax fraud with losses of up to €2 650 000

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The Financial Administration Criminal Office (Kriminálny úrad finančnej správy) in Slovakia has carried out searches and seized electronic devices and accounting documents in an investigation led by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) into the non-payment of customs taxes on imported goods.

On 2 November 2022, the Financial Administration Criminal Office carried out two house searches and one search of another site in the cities of Dunajská Streda and Komárno.

Mobile phones, PCs, tablets, memory cards and documents relating to suspected criminal activities were seized, and will be examined by experts.

According to the preliminary proceedings, an accountant, in agreement with other persons, organised the importation of goods from China, for which several payments were made to bank accounts in that country – such imported goods being subject to customs duties.

The estimated losses resulting from the non-payment of customs duties and other charges levied on the importation of goods amount to €2 650 000.