Saarbrücken / Kaiserslautern / Landau (ots) - The main customs office in Saarbrücken carries out controls to combat undeclared work and illegal employment in Saarland and southern Rhineland-Palatinate.
Looking back on 2020, Hans Barth, Head of the Main Customs Office in Saarbrücken, drew a positive balance: “Last year we mastered the balancing act between the Corona crisis and illegal work controls. The control density - as well as the number of criminal and fine proceedings initiated - remained at a consistently high level. "
The following results were achieved in 2020:
– Überprüfung von Arbeitgebern: 1.023
– eingeleitete Strafverfahren: 3.826
– Summe der festgesetzten Geldstrafen: 0,7 Millionen Euro
– Summe der erwirkten Freiheitsstrafen: 42,2 Jahre
– eingeleitete Bußgeldverfahren: 742
– Summe der festgesetzten Bußgelder: 1,2 Millionen Euro
– aufgedeckte Schadenssumme: 12,6 Millionen Euro
The main focus was on tests to ensure compliance with the minimum wage, courier services, the construction industry, as well as waste, meat and agriculture.
“In addition, prison sentences of 42 years were obtained in the course of the year,” adds Hans Barth. "Our experience shows that complex investigative procedures and organized forms of undeclared work are becoming more and more important."
The following judgments from 2020 prove that undeclared work is not a trivial offense, but also often leads to imprisonment.
– Ein 59-Jähriger und eine 36-Jährige wurden letztes Jahr vom
District court Saarbrücken for illegal work to imprisonment of
sentenced to two years and one year and six months, respectively.
The prison sentences were suspended.
The operators of a brothel passed the state by employing prostitutes and dancers without paying the taxes (in the correct amount). The prostitutes and dancers were not self-employed, but were dependent on the nightclub operators.
– 1,3 Millionen Euro Sozialversicherungsbeiträge
(Health insurance, pension insurance, unemployment insurance
and long-term care insurance), € 250.000 wage tax and € 380.000
Social security contributions were investigated in the area
of the illegal work in construction uncovered by the customs.
The main accused, a 39 year old South Eastern European, was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months imprisonment. In addition, he had to pay a fine of more than 20.000 euros. Violations of the Arms and Explosives Act were also included in the sentence.
In this complex of proceedings, four penalty orders were also issued, which led to imprisonment (suspended on probation) and / or fines. Most of the activities condemned took place in the Rhine-Main area, in the Pirmasens area and in Saarland.
– Ein 55-Jähriger wurde vom Landgericht Kaiserslautern wegen
Undeclared work leads to a prison sentence of 3 years and 10 months
sentenced. The managing director of a company from the southern Palatinate
for structural and structural work fulfilled its social security and
tax obligations and caused a
Damage of almost 2,8 million euros.
In the period from 2012 to 2016, he did not register his employees for social security, or not fully. He also bought bogus invoices that suggest work that wasn't done. He used the material costs and services billed in the bookkeeping system to pay black wages to his employees. The allegations were therefore withheld and embezzled from pay, tax evasion and fraud.
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