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Customs uncovered undeclared work on the construction site: - damage in the millions was uncovered, - prison terms were imposed and penalty orders were issued - weapons, explosives and ammunition removed from circulation

Kaiserslautern (ots) - 1,3 million euros in social security contributions (health insurance, pension insurance, unemployment insurance and long-term care insurance), 250.000 euros in wage tax and 380.000 euros in social security contributions were uncovered by customs in an investigation into illegal work on construction. Numerous suspects have already been convicted:

The main suspect, a 39-year-old Southeast European, was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in prison. In addition, he had to pay a fine of more than 20.000 euros.

Violations of the Weapons and Explosives Act were also included in the punishment. During the search, a submachine gun, three pistols, 97 cartridges of ammunition, 12 electro-pulse devices, seven forbidden fist, folding and jumping knives and 4 brass knuckles were found and secured in his garage. In addition, two kilograms of explosives with six electric detonators were removed from circulation.

"In our investigations into the area of ​​organized crime, crime areas other than undeclared work are often also affected," said Jörg Brandstetter, head of financial control undeclared work at the Kaiserslautern site. "But this level of weapons and explosives is also not the order of the day for us."

Four criminal orders were also issued in this procedural complex: a 59-year-old Southeast European, a 32-year-old, a 37-year-old and a 38-year-old (all of German nationality) were sentenced to prison terms of 10 to 12 months, suspended for probation, and fines from 1.200 to 5.400 euros sentenced. The condemned activities took place mainly in the Rhine-Main area, in the Pirmasens area and in the Saarland. All decisions are final.

These convictions result from a large-scale process of financial control undeclared work Kaiserslautern for undeclared work. In June 2018, seven arrest warrants and 61 search warrants were executed in one day in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Hesse. The seized documents were evaluated, and witnesses and accused were questioned. The knowledge gained proved that organized crime was committed in the form of the creation and use of bills in the area of ​​undeclared work.

“The scope of the investigation was considerable. Not only did we have to strike in many places at the same time, the number of documents seized was also enormous, ”explains Frank Simon, responsible investigator for the financial control undeclared work in Kaiserslautern. “The evidence and the investigation files strung together result in a distance of around 196 meters.”

The “business model” provides that invoices for services not provided are created via a network of companies, so-called bogus invoices. With the help of these bogus invoices, material costs and services are invoiced in the accounting of the “buyers”, which are actually not provided by the issuer of the invoices but by undeclared workers. The funds posted and released in cash are used to pay workers black wages without paying taxes and duties. Both the sale and purchase of the bills are relevant under criminal law.

The main customs office in Saarbrücken investigated on behalf of the public prosecutor's office in Kaiserslautern because of undeclared work, above all because of

- Aid for withholding and embezzling wages (§ 266
a StGB, social security fraud)
- Aid for tax evasion
- unauthorized acquisition, possession and use of (war) weapons,
Explosives and ammunition
The ongoing investigation is aimed at those who bought the “bills”. The corresponding procedures are pending at the relevant public prosecutor's offices throughout Germany.

Extra information:

When it comes to investigative and search measures of this size, it is important to be well networked and to be in direct contact with the cooperation authorities. As part of this investigation, several main customs offices, the ZUZ, the police headquarters in Southeast Hesse, the LKA Hessen, the Finanzamt Offenbach am Main II, as well as the BG Bau and SOKA Bau (through damage calculations) support the measures.

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Originally written by: Hauptzollamt Saarbrücken

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