A man from wurzburg has been sentenced to five years in prison for helping to commit a multi-million dollar tax fraud with the help of a so-called beer carousel. The wurzburg district court also ordered immediate therapy for the 42-year-old, who is severely addicted to drugs. "This is their last chance, said the chairman richter. He spoke of a "harsh but necessary judgment".
Verdict in beer carousel trial: german beer tax exploited
An internationally active gang had pre-swapped the import of french beer into germany in order to take advantage of the lower beer taxes in the federal republic. In fact, however, the beer was taken to other countries, including great britain. European tax authorities are said to have lost 35 million euros in tax revenue in this way.
Almost 3600 faked deliveries were accused of the 42-year-old. According to the indictment, the group paid six million euros in taxes in germany for the fictitious imports – less than had become due in other countries. The defendant is said to have paid around 700,000 euros in "commission" to the successor have received. His wife also received money. The french authorities sent a 1500-page tax assessment notice.
3600 deliveries faked: hintermanner not known
The man from wurzburg had confessed to the crimes during the trial through his lawyer. The french hintermanner are still unknown according to the prosecutor’s office. Negotiations are to be held in wurzburg for a middleman as well.