The Tax Agency has completed an investigation that has allowed the dismantling of a distribution scheme for modified diesel fuel at low-cost service stations to avoid tax controls, an operation that has resulted in 43 arrests.
Real estate, high-end vehicles, more than a hundred bank accounts and 300,000 euros in cash have also been seized from this organization, which operated in eight autonomous communities and could have defrauded almost 11 million euros, the Agency reported on Wednesday. Tax.
The Tax Agency details that the organization acquired in other countries of the European Union the products, with characteristics practically identical to automotive diesel but specifically designed to evade fiscal control procedures, allowing their arrival in Spain in an opaque way.
The product circulated with documents with false recipients or incomplete data to avoid the location of those responsible and was received in facilities outside the control system, so it was not subjected to quality controls - flavorings were used to make it look like normal diesel. -, causing damage to vehicles in case of continued use.
Later, the product was distributed in low-cost service stations without having paid the special hydrocarbon tax, which allowed it to offer very competitive prices, and the organization also did not pay the VAT that it charged to its clients to the Treasury.
The organization had a network of companies and collaborators that covered the entire business chain, from companies that invoiced and received the product to instrumental companies, transport companies or additive suppliers, as well as salespeople and front men.
The plot used coercion and threats, adds the Agency, "even going so far as to go to the well-known organization 'Angeles del Infierno', considered internationally as a true criminal organization."
The organization operated from Alicante, but operated in eight autonomous communities: Valencian Community, Catalonia, Aragon, Galicia, Andalusia, Murcia, Castilla-La Mancha and Navarra.
Throughout this operation, more than 100 individuals - in Spain, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and Armenia - and 90 legal entities - in Spain, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Bulgaria, Austria, have been investigated. Germany, Denmark, Malta and Lithuania-.
Entry and registration actions have been carried out in 19 facilities and homes and 43 people have been detained, of which 10 have entered prison.
The investigation of the "Copernicus" operation, which has lasted for more than a year, began under the direction of the Investigating Court number two in Orihuela (Alicante) and later moved to the National Court with the participation of the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office.
The work continues and European orders for the investigation of money movements have been processed, in addition to opening a file of international judicial cooperation within the framework of Eurojust.