As a result of operative-searching and investigative activities, the representatives of the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia detained 7 persons on a fact of manufacturing and use of forged tax documentation, considerable damage to the property of owner by deception and legalization of illegal income.
The investigation has revealed that some of the Companies operating in Adjara region had unregistered fuel reserves. In order to gain ownership on them, hiding the source of origin, by using the official status and the names of those Companies, the accused persons forged special invoices on the purchasing of petroleum products thus creating the false documentation of supply allegedly conducted among each other.
As a result, the use of fraudulent invoices opened the legal path to civil turnover of unregistered and undocumented goods in the form of petroleum products, which in turn gave GEL 1,872,349 an illegal particularly large profit to the above-mentioned Companies and their management, while at the same time creating a false asset of GEL 285,000 in value added tax.
One of the accused persons returned the illegally gained sum of GEL 155 000 to the state budget, shortly after detention.
The investigation is under way under the article 185, the second part of article 210 and the third part of article 194 of the criminal Code of Georgia which envisages imprisonment from 9 to 12 years.