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 Law enforcers unveil illegal scrap metal export scheme. PHOTOS

Tax police officers together with the State Fiscal Service and the Security Service of Ukraine tracked down scrap metal exporters having caused 400 million hryvnia (about $18.5 million) damage to the state.

Investigation into a criminal proceeding under Part 3, Article 209 establishes that during 2015 the offenders marketed scrap metal on a massive scale through fictitious firms, Censor.NET reports citing the SFS press service.

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The premises of the involved firms in Kyiv, Uman, Mykolaiv and Odesa have been searched. During the searches, 2.3 million hryvnias (about $106,650), stamps and documents evidencing of illegal activity were found and seized.

During an inspection at Mykolaiv Sea Port, 13,800 tons of scrap metal worth approximately 55 million hryvnias (about $2.5 million) were found, a part having been loaded on board a ship. Currently, measures to arrest the cargo are being taken.

Also, the State Financial Monitoring Service blocked more than 35 bank accounts used by the mentioned firms.

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