Unlawful assembly, tax evasion and money laundering – “Chain” police raid involves 26 individuals and 28 legal entities

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Based on the pre-investigative actions so far and the submitted criminal report from the Financial Police Administration, the public prosecutor with the Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime and Corruption issued an Order for the implementation of an investigative procedure against 26 owners and managers of 28 legal entities for which there is an established suspicion that they have committed criminal acts Unlawful association from art. 394, Tax evasion from art. 279 and the crime of Money laundering and other criminal proceeds from art. 273 of the Criminal Code. During the searches, additional documentation was provided which will be subject to processing, and 20 suspects from Negotino, Kavadarci, Bitola, Ohrid and Skopje have been detained so far, while 6 persons are unavailable to the law enforcement authorities.

The suspects, with all the actions taken illegally, in the name and at the expense of the criminally responsible legal entities in their ownership and management, did not calculate and did not pay tax – a duty to which they were legally obliged. In this way, with the intention of obtaining an illegal property benefit for themselves, the suspects caused damage to the Budget of the Republic of North Macedonia in the total amount of 490,808,618.00 Macedonian denars or 7,980,627 euros.

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