Tax evasion in Brescia, four arrests including a tax judge and a tax consultant: tax fraud worth 90 million euros

Tax evasion in Brescia, four arrests including a tax judge and a tax consultant: tax fraud worth 90 million euros
Tax evasion in Brescia, four arrests including a tax judge and a tax consultant: tax fraud worth 90 million euros

A fraud against the tax authorities for over 90 million euros made possible by an articulated system of tax evasion. It was discovered by the Guardia di Finanza of Brescia who arrested four people this morning, including one tax judge and a tax advisor. The accusation is of corruption in judicial acts. At dawn 34 local searches were carried out in the companies involved, which involved, in addition to the province of Brescia, also those of Milan, Bergamo, Cremona, Novara, Modena and Bologna. Everything was born from a fiscal check carried out by the Fiamme Gialle in August 2019 against a Brescia-based company, total evader from 2013 to 2019, which appeared to have issued false invoices for about 12 million euros towards numerous companies in northern Italy. The investigation, as a whole, led to the complaint of 90 people involved in various capacities in corruption crimes in judicial acts, self-laundering, as well as various tax crimes, including that of fraudulent declaration and issuing of invoices for non-existent transactions.

The investigations of the financials led to an analysis of the financial flows underlying the dense network of companies involved, which brought to light an articulated system of fraud that provided for the masking of the illicit origin of tax evasion revenues also through the purchase. of over 17 million euros in chips used at the casino of Venice, Campione d’Italia, Sanremo and Saint Vincent. In June 2020, the military raided an industrial pavilion of one of the companies involved, seizing a total of over 779,000 euros in cash, hidden among the roof beams, in a forklift and a lawnmower. The entrepreneur was arrested in the act of crime for inciting corruption because, during the research, when part of the money was found, he offered the financiers all the cash found at that moment, approximately 70 thousand euros, to stop the searches. The continuation of the search made it possible to seize the additional € 709,000. In November 2020, the same person was sentenced to two years and two months of imprisonment for the crime of inciting corruption, while the 779,025.00 euros were confiscated.

The investigations did not stop and led the financiers to a tax consultant operating in Milan. The Brescian prosecutor, therefore, ordered the search of all the places in the availability of the consultant. These include an office leased to a company administered by a tax magistrate of the Lombardy Regional Tax Commission. In the office, also used by the tax consultant, most of the false invoices issued by the Brescia companies were discovered and seized, as well as documentation relating to a tax case concluded in March 2019 with a sentence in favor of a company attributable to the Brescia suspects, for a value of € 255,000 in unpaid taxes. In the tax process in question, the consultant had the role of defender of the taxpayer, and the magistrate that of Judge Rapporteur. Numerous money transfers were thus identified from the favored company in the case to the tax consultant, which were then conveyed to companies represented by the tax judge.

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