In recent days, the Masovian National Tax Administration has foiled an attempted fraud and an attempt to smuggle diamonds. The state budget could have lost almost PLN 10 million on them.
On Friday, the press service of the National Tax Administration (KAS) reported that they had been found in two delivery vans in the Łęczyński poviat (Łódź Voivodeship).
16 tons of tobacco in the province Łódź
The delivery van contained professional devices used to jam and search for GPS and GSM signals. In the trailer of the second car, the officers, assisted by a service dog, found 108 cartons filled with cut tobacco without Polish excise stamps. The action was carried out with the help of officers from the Silesian Customs and Tax Office in Katowice.
Over 16 tons of tobacco were seized, the value of which is estimated at approximately PLN 9 million. The investigation is being conducted by the Masovian Customs and Tax Office in Warsaw, under the supervision of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Zgierz.
A few days earlier, officers of the Customs and Tax Service (SCS) from the Personal Customs Branch in Warsaw directed a passenger from the crossing to be checked with “nothing to report”. The Ukrainian citizen arrived from Armenia and was supposed to continue her journey to Belgium.
The officers found precious stones in her hand luggage. It was her only luggage. All smuggled stones are diamonds. Their weight is almost 670 carats, i.e. 134 g.
Diamonds on the border. Travelers pretend they don’t know about their obligations
The value of the seized precious stones is estimated at over PLN 1.5 million. If the stones were put on sale, the state budget losses (resulting from unpaid taxes) would amount to over PLN 350,000. zloty. The case is being handled by the Masovian Customs and Tax Office in Warsaw. The traveler may be fined.
In November 2023, SCS officers prevented the smuggling of diamonds, emeralds and rubies worth over PLN 950,000. zloty. The traveler hid them in a sock and cosmetics boxes. Most of the smuggled stones were diamonds.