North: The sale of used cars was accompanied by a scam of seven million euros

JUSTICE Since 2015, organized gangs have been able to resell in France some 1,000 vehicles purchased in Germany, the Netherlands or Belgium

Posted on 01/29/21 at 8:11 p.m.- Updated on 01/29/21 at 8:11 p.m.

The purchase and resale of high-end used vehicles was paying off.Ten people were indicted on Thursday, including four remanded in custody on suspicion of intracommunity VAT fraud amounting to seven million euros, announced this Friday, the prosecutor of Lille.

Since 2015, "several organized bands acting in concert" have been able to resell in France some 1,000 vehicles, "for a total acquisition of 35 million euros", after having established "false documents to obtain from the French tax administration , a discharge officially freeing them from their obligations to pay VAT in France, ”according to a press release from the prosecution.

Already known for acts of banditry

According to a source close to the investigation, these crooks, of French nationality and domiciled in the Lille metropolitan area, bought cars mainly from German dealers, but also in the Netherlands and Belgium.Aged between 25 and 40 years old, they were for some already known for acts of banditry, drug trafficking or organized theft.

The arrests took place Tuesday and Wednesday, as part of a judicial investigation opened since 2019.They were carried out "in the middle of the used trade of luxury vehicles (...) with the search of 21 homes and professional premises including 3 garages/showroom in the Lille metropolis, resulting in the placement in custody of 15 individuals, ”said the prosecution.

This complex operational system mobilized 120 police officers, as well as 20 Belgian and Luxembourg police officers, for the simultaneous execution of European requests for mutual criminal assistance.

Posted Date: 2021-02-01

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