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Operation in Czechia: seizures of more than €2 million in EPPO investigation related to subsidy fraud

Yesterday, within the framework of an investigation led by the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) in Zlín (Czechia), Czech police (Regional Directorate of the Olomouc region) delivered a resolution to commence the prosecution of one individual and one company. They are accused of subsidy fraud and damages to the financial interests of the European Union (EU), estimated at over €1.8 million (CZK 45.8 million).

Germany: First conviction in VAT carousel fraud involving luxury cars

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.

France: Assets seized in customs fraud investigation concerning imported fashion goods

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.

Italy: EPPO seizes imported electric cars in anti-fraud operation

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).