Man arrested in Moldavia for fraud with alcoholic beverages

Friday, 5 August, a 41-year-old Dutchman was arrested in Moldavia for forgery and tax fraud in an investigation of the Dutch Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD). The criminal investigation is currently taking place under the direction of the Dutch National Public Prosecutor's Office for Financial, Economic and Environmental Offences, and targets fraud with alcoholic beverages.

The suspect arrived in the Netherlands on Friday, 18 August, and today has been brought before the Examining Magistrate in 's-Hertogenbosch, who has remanded him in custody for 14 days. The man is suspected of having drawn up false documents and road waybills from October 2009 until mid-2010 in order to thus send alcoholic beverages from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom without paying excise duties. The shipments mainly contained pallets with vodka, wine and beer. The shipments were probably brought onto the market in the United Kingdom illegally.

The suspect used his companies established in the Netherlands for this trade. It is estimated that the criminal offences have resulted in a tax loss of approximately 20 million euros in the Netherlands. If the goods have been sold on the market in the United Kingdom, the tax loss in the United Kingdom amounts to 40-50 million euros.