Investigators in Poland and Germany have unearthed a fraud scheme that revolved around the trade of vegetable oil and caused the Polish treasury to lose an estimated €17.8 million (US$21.8 million) in tax.

Poland’s Centralne Biuro Antykorupcyjne (Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau) and Germany’s Finanzamt für Fahndung und Strafsachen Berlin (Tax Office for Prosecution and Criminal Matters in Berlin) say they have now dismantled the organised crime group that used trade in vegetable oil to commit international VAT fraud and money laundering.

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