Investigating criminal networks in the fishing industry in northern Norway

Investigating criminal networks in the fishing industry in northern Norway
Arrests: Five people have been arrested in joint operations in Alta and Vilnius. This is an example of Alta.

Five people have been arrested and charged with gross tax evasion or complicity in a coordinated operation in Alta and Vilnius.

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On 13 December, the Nordland Police District, Økokrim, together with the Finnmark Police District and the Lithuanian Financial Crimes Investigation Service (FCIS/FNTT), launched a campaign against an employee network that the police suspected of engaging in extensive tax fraud related to recruitment. Workers for fishing farms in northern Norway.

The police in Nordland said this in a media statement.

A total of five people were arrested in joint operations in Alta and Vilnius.

It is about four men and one woman.

– They have been charged with aggravated tax fraud or complicity in it, police prosecutor Cecile Eisvold said in a press release.

A Norwegian national has been detained in Lithuania and requested to be extradited to Norway.

– Following checks, Nordland Police District has 13 criminal cases under investigation related to 10 Lithuanian companies and one Norwegian company, which the police believe to be part of a criminal network, Øiesvold said.

Nine addresses were searched in the coordinated operation. Police seized physical and digital assets.

– 15 people involved were investigated. Øiesvold writes in the press release that a Norwegian citizen has been detained in Lithuania and requested to be extradited to Norway.

The operation has its origins in tests carried out by the Crime Center in Nordland in 2019.

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According to Eurojust, the tax fraud should correspond to an amount of around NOK eight million.

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