The Department for investigation of particularly important cases in the economic sphere of the Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine (PGO) has reported the suspicion to the Ukrainian oligarch Alexander Granovsky. About it reports a press-service GPU.
Grachevskogo suspected of tax evasion, and fictitious entrepreneurship. Continues pre-trial investigation of crimes committed by officials of LLC “Tedis-Ukraine”.
Dostepnymi investigation found that Granovsky acting in collusion with officials of JSC OOO “Tedis-Ukraine”, which is already reported about suspicion, created a criminal scheme of evasion from taxes, due to which the oligarch-controlled enterprises had the benefit.
“By results of the conducted pre-trial investigation produced sufficient evidence to report the suspicion to the inhabitant of Odessa, the Ukrainian oligarch Alexander Granovsky in the Commission of criminal offenses under part 3. 212 of the criminal code of Ukraine (evasion of taxes, included in the system of taxation imposed in the manner prescribed by law, committed by a person who is obliged to pay, which led to the actual shortfall in the budget of means in especially large sizes), part 2 of article 205 of the criminal code of Ukraine (fictitious entrepreneurship, ie the creation of business entities (legal entities) to cover illegal activities committed on preliminary arrangement by group of persons) of the criminal code of Ukraine”, – noted in GPU.
In addition, the press Secretary of the Prosecutor General Larisa Sargan said that we are talking about the oligarch Alexander Granovsky, not his namesake, the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada.
We will remind, earlier it became known that the court withdrew the arrest from the accounts of the “Tedis”, and ordered the return of the company seized tobacco products.
The scandal of the “Tedis-Ukraine” started in late March, when security forces exposed the scheme particularly major tax evasion and illegal transfer of billions of hryvnia from Ukraine through this company. Including the company is accused of financing terrorism. However, TEDIS Ukraine denies all allegations of the Prosecutor General, the distributor even sought the protection of the President of Petro Poroshenko and interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
In addition, law enforcement officers raided the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukrainerelated to the tobacco distributor. The media also reported that the leadership of AMCU was suspected of receiving bribes from the “Tedis”.
Experts declared about the establishment in Ukraine of the lack of cigarettes, but acknowledged the lack of goods artificially provoked – as panic demand for tobacco, and the actions of sellers. The AMC later stated that the manufacturers of cigarettes began to enter into agreement for their distribution in Ukraine with competitors TEDIS Ukraine.
“Tedis-Ukraine” (earlier “Metropolis”) – a distributor of tobacco products in Ukraine. The company is in the TOP 20 largest in Ukraine and completely controlled the market for the distribution of tobacco products. For many years the company has collaborated with international manufacturers of tobacco products: JapanTobacco International, Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco Group, British American Tobacco, as well as with suppliers of lighters FireTime and Ringo Ltd. In 2014 and 2015, 100% made in Ukraine cigarettes were implemented “Tedis”.
In December 2016, the AMCU has fined the “Tedis” 431 million UAH for abuse of monopoly – the claim was to the pricing. In addition, according to AMC, “Tedis” partially refused to sell the product in the absence of alternative sellers.