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The Investigative Committee
of the Republic of Belarus
Main Media information News

Investigators return more than BYR 7 million into state revenue

21.06.2022
The Main Investigative Department has completed the investigation of a criminal case on tax evasion, which caused damage on a particularly large scale against the owner of several shopping and business centers in Minsk.

Based on the investigation, a 48-year-old businessman from Minsk, in order to minimize tax obligations, organized the distribution of proceeds received from the rental of premises between dozens of business entities subordinate to him. The scheme was very simple: the premises of shopping and business centers actually belonging to the businessman, were included in the authorized fund of shell companies. In the future, commercial entities rented them out as their own, while applying a simplified taxation system.

Following this, tax reports were distorted resulting in failure to pay BYR 7 million taxes to the budget of the Republic of Belarus. The criminal scheme was uncovered by the officers of the Financial Investigation Department of the State Control Committee.

In the course of preliminary investigation, the accused admitted his guilt and compensated for the damage caused in full. The actions of the 48-year-old businessman are qualified under Part 2 of Article 243 (tax evasion on a particularly large scale) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus. The property of the defendant was seized for a total amount of more than BYR 5 million.

Currently, the accused has applied for exemption from criminal liability as a person who contributed to the disclosure of the crime and elimination of the consequences of acts committed.

The criminal case was forwarded to the Prosecutor's office for study and decision-making.

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