A man from Prahova is being investigated by the police after allegedly defrauding several companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The individual took orders for construction materials, collected the money from the customer, but “forgot” to deliver the products. The same man, say the investigators, is also accused of tax evasion and money laundering, in a case of only 11 million lei. On Thursday, the police made several searches at the headquarters of some companies in Giurgiu, Ilfov and Capitală. Six people were taken in for questioning.
The man, who managed a commercial company registered in Prahova county, allegedly took orders for construction materials worth 128,000 lei.
“From the research it emerged that, between December 2020 and November 2021, the legal representative of a commercial company, from Prahova county, would have misled several economic agents, in the sense that he would have taken orders from them for the delivery of construction materials and would have collected their value, but without delivering the goods”, the Romanian Police press release states.
At the same time, say the investigators, through his company, the man would have registered in the accounting records fiscal invoices certifying fictitious purchases from alleged suppliers.
“It was determined that, between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2022, significant transactions of approximately 11,000,000 lei were recorded in the bank accounts of the commercial company, and the amounts of money collected were successively transferred to 7 other commercial companies , controlled in fact by the same administrator,” the representatives of the Romanian Police say.
On Thursday, the police made 7 searches in the counties of Ilfov and Giurgiu, but also in the city of Bucharest, at the headquarters of some commercial companies.
Six people were taken to hearings in the open criminal case for fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.
Editor: Izabela Zaharia