For the first time Tax Service of Transcarpathia discontinued the activity of an organized criminal group
In late August - early September, the tax police of Transcarpathia reported about the liquidation of the largest in recent years illegal production of counterfeit alcohol products on an almost industrial scale.
"As of today the pretrial investigation has found out that the crime had been planned and committed by five people. They previously organized themselves, divided their functions and were operating according to a single plan, that is the crimes were committed by an organized criminal group" - said the head of the tax police in Transcarpathian region Yevhen Pryndak.
Information on crimes uder Part 3 of Article 204 and Article 216 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (illegal manufacture of alcoholic beverages from substandard materials that pose a threat to human life and health, as well as making fake excise stamps for alcohol products) have been entered into the Unified register of pre-trial investigation, tax police investigators are conducting preliminary investigations.
During the preliminary investigation, a number of searches has been conducted, during which they detected and seized items of criminal activity worth about 500,000 UAH: a car, over 6500 liters of alcohol, about 2 thousand bottles of counterfeit alcohol, over 3 thousand counterfeit excise brands, 47,000 UAH obtained through crime, bank cards, mobile phones, stamps, a computer, notebooks with draft records.
Conclusions of experts confirmed the suspicions of non-conformance of alcoholic beverages to the applicable standards, a direct threat to human life and health when it is used, and the fact that the excise stamps are fake.
The offenders face the imprisonment for a term of five to ten years with the seizure and disposal of manufactured goods and the forfeiture of manufacturing equipment - reported the State Tax Service in Transcarpathian region.