CIGARETTE FRAUD OPERATION HAILED AS NEW EU FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE FOR ANTI-FRAUD PROFESSIONALS

January 2014 BY KEITH NUTHALL THE EUROPEAN Commission has released details of the first joint anti-smuggling operation involving law enforcement and customs officials from all 28 European Union (EU) member states. Coordinated by Lithuania’s customs service and tax inspectorate, which was working with EU anti-fraud office OLAF, the ‘Warehouse’ operation was also the first such EU operation to target excise and VAT fraud specifically, as well as customs fraud.A Commission report said: “For the first time, customs and tax authorities cooperated on a ...


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