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Georgian customs officers arrested for illegal business activity2010-04-20 17:50
Today, the officers of Directorate for Combating Customs Regulations Violation of the Investigative Department of the Georgian Ministry of Finance arrested Chief Inspector of Kazbegi customs checkpoint Vakhtang Machkhaneli who is accused of illegal business activity.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Inspector of the Airport Department of the Customs Control and Operations Processing Office Georgiy Omiadze has been arrested on the same case and accused of official negligence. Besides, two more participants of the corrupt scheme, experts of Deku LLC David Khokhobashvili and Demur Dundua have been detained and accused of the false documents production and realization.
The investigation has revealed that Deku LLC was founded by Vakhtang Machkhaneli, who is not permitted to conduct any business activities by law, being a state officer and, especially, a customs officer.
As to the experts of the enterprise, Khokhobashvili and Dundua, they drew up several false acts for one of the citizens, having demanded 435 laris for their services. Inspector Georgiy Omiadze is accused of having failed to check the received freight and determine its customs value, as well as of exempting the mailing unit from VAT and excise duty, thus having caused significant damage to the state budget.
The investigation is carried on according to Articles 337, 342 and 362 of the Georgian Criminal Code, which means up to six years of imprisonment for the detainees.