YEREVAN, MAY 25, The National Security Service adjunct to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia has revealed a criminal scheme within the framework of its activities aimed at combating corruption and economic crimes through which a large Armenian company has maliciously avoided taxes, duties and other mandatory payments. National Security Service informed “Armenpress” that high level officials of the RA SRC had a direct connection with the formation and organization of the company.
The National Security Service of the Republic of Armenia has received information that in the United Kingdom, Scotland (according to preliminary data, in the United Kingdom, for the purpose of obtaining cargo and customs clearance businesses belonging to small and medium-sized businesses from 9 so-called “coca” firms and concentrating on one company in a monopoly position, offshore zone), registered by Norfolk Project LP LLC in June 2017, was founded by Norfolk Consulting LLC whose citizen Armen Harutyunyan was appointed general director. Further, RA SRC senior officials, representing the Director General of “Norfolk Consulting” LLC, told the managers of these “cognos” companies that collective goods transported by trucks from Turkey, China and the United Arab Emirates should be cleared by exclusively through Norfolk Consulting , they also determined that they would pay the company for each imported 1kg load, in the case of Turkey, $ 1.65 (including VAT, customs duty, customs duty) and 0.70 US $ 2.55 (including VAT, customs, customs) and USD 0.70 (for service) and USD 2.55 (including VAT, customs duties, customs) and US $ 0.45 money). It is noteworthy that for renovation, “Norfolk Consulting” LLC was provided with rental offices in the premises of the SRC special customs clearance customs clearance premises, obviously aiming at the businessmen to emphasize the special privileged status of the mentioned company. Cargo companies, in essence, had no other option, accepted the proposal of financially inefficient cooperation and began to carry out customs clearance of shipped goods exclusively through “Norfolk Consulting” LLC, paid the cash in cash without proper formulations.
Representatives of “Norfolk Consulting” LLC often did not declare and clear the imported goods with the right name and customs, which reduced the amount to be paid to the state, and created unequal competition conditions for the citizens who imported the same goods not through their company.
As a result of the preliminary preliminary analysis, it was calculated that from 1 August 2017 to 1 May 2018, Norfolk Consulting LLC received $ 37.6 million in cash through representatives of shipping companies, of which US $ 26.4 million was imported to Armenia customs clearance of goods, and $ 11.2 million for services rendered to economic entities. As a result of not fully reflecting the above-mentioned amounts in taxable documents, the company has paid less than $ 3.3 billion worth of approximately $ 7 million to the state budget. That is to say, the company’s incomes in the nine months of its operation may amount to about $ 7 million. The actual amount of damage to the state can be adjusted within the scope of the forensic expertise prescribed in the manner prescribed by the Company.
In connection with the incident, a criminal case has been initiated under Article 205 (Part 2) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia (“Particularly large taxes, duties or other mandatory payments”) and Article 308 (Part 2) abuse which negligently caused grave consequences “), with more than 10 searches carried out at the same time as a result of which about $ 500,000 was confiscated from Norfolk Consulting LLC and the company director’s office, fields, bank and customs documents important for the case. During the preliminary investigation, representatives of freight forwarding companies gave testimonies revealing the criminal scheme of the case.
General Director of “Norfolk Consulting” LLC Armen Unnanyan and other responsible three employees were detained in the RA Criminal Code