by Massimiliano Saggese It is in Southern Milan the oil depot through which the consignments of counterfeit fuel were safely placed on the market, in wholesale distributors and in the network of “white pumps” or “no logo” managed by members of associations or in any case by customer companies. This is what emerged at the conclusion of an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office of Nocera Inferiore on serious tax fraud related to the international smuggling of products …
by Massimiliano Saggese
In Southern Milan, the oil depot through which the counterfeit fuel lots were safely placed on the market, in wholesale distributors and in the network of “white pumps” or “no logo” managed by members of associations or in any case by client companies. This is what emerged at the conclusion of an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office of Nocera Inferiore on serious tax fraud connected with the international smuggling of petroleum products, as well as in conduct of self-laundering and fictitious registration of assets. The financial police are in action in the provinces of Salerno, Naples, Potenza, Rome, Chieti, L’Aquila, Mantua and Milan. 59 people are involved in the investigation for various reasons, 4 of whom were arrested (under house arrest).
According to what was reconstructed by the yellow flames, the suspects illegally “imported”, between 2018 and 2019, over 20 million liters of “anticorrosive oil and lubricating preparations”, produced by nature not subject to excise duties, from Hungarian, Croatian and Slovenians. The consignments of goods were loaded onto tankers bound for Italy and, as soon as they crossed the border, with counterfeit documentation they were transported to the warehouse south of Milan. To defraud the tax authorities – only of excise duties, the total eviction amounts to over 11 million euros -, the associations also made use of “shell companies”, companies without any economic consistency, operational structure or employees, whose task it was only to take charge of the VAT deriving from the sales, without then fulfilling the consequent payment obligations. A loss for the taxman, the latter, even more serious, quantified at almost 99 million euros.
The amount seized is represented by the taxes evaded and amounts to over 59 million euros. The original disputes concerned the submission of a fraudulent tax return for the year 2017 by the Italian Petrolifera and the omitted tax return for the year 2017; now add the hypotheses of use of invoices for non-existent operations for the year 2017 and the issuance of bogus invoices for the year 2018, for over 30 million euros of fictitious purchases and sales of fuel by the Italian Petrolifera with various ghost companies, including Italyan Petroli, Giuliana Petroli and the companies Auletta Group and Vincent Group.
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