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On Friday, 16 December, a German court convicted one of ten suspects for organising a VAT carousel fraud involving luxury cars. This scheme was investigated in 2021 by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) in Germany, and is estimated to have caused losses of at least €13 million.

The French customs authorities, under the direction of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), conducted several searches in France on 15 November 2022, in an ongoing investigation into a suspected organised criminal group alleged to have imported fashion items from a non-EU country, substantially undervaluing the fair value of the goods in order to evade customs duties and VAT.

In a complex anti-fraud operation concerning the parallel import of cars, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), in cooperation with the Civitavecchia Customs Office, on Monday seized 28 new electric vehicles by a well-known car manufacturer at the Port of Rome (Italy).

Last week, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) exposed what is believed to be the biggest VAT fraud ever investigated in the EU. With the help of Europol and more than 30 national law enforcement partners, the EPPO was able to connect the dots between a company in Portugal and close to 9000 other legal entities and more than 600 natural persons located in different countries.