The State Tax police of Ukraine have exposed the biggest fraud in Ukraine's history on illegal VAT refunding, head official of the department Andriy Holovach told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to the official, almost 500 enterprises of economy sector in 20 regions of Ukraine were using the services of the scammers.

"The fraud scheme was calculated to embezzle 542 million hryvnais from the state budget, and the total turnover of the criminal organization has reached almost three billion hryvnias," he said.
Holovach also informed that the criminal organization numbered 20 people, and criminal cases on large scale fraud and tax evasion were instituted against all of them.

"For the moment five members of the group are in custody and 15 are under recognizance not to leave. The head of the group was put on international wanted list, and thanks to joint actions with Russian law enforcement bodies he was detained in Sverdlovsk, Russia. Ukraine is awaiting extradition now," the official said.

Holovach also added that in 2008-2009 this person was an official of the governmental bodies.

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