Darmstadt – During a raid against smugglers on Thursday there were several arrests and searches!
Under the direction of the Darmstadt public prosecutor’s office and the Federal Police Department for Combating Crime (Frankfurt), investigators hit 15 locations in the Seeheim-Jugenheim, Weiterstadt, Roßdorf, Darmstadt, Heppenheim, Idstein (Hesse), Langenfeld (North Rhine-Westphalia), Mannheim (Baden-Württemberg), and Großbeeren area (Brandenburg) and Glinde (Schleswig-Holstein) too. They searched residential and commercial premises and four tax advisory offices.
The occasion was an “investigation into suspected smuggling of foreigners on a commercial basis, tax evasion and withholding and misappropriating wages”.
The accused are accused of this
The officers arrested a suspect. The German (36) and a 32-year-old from the Seeheim-Jugenheim area are said to have smuggled in at least 13 Ukrainians “by abusing the visa-free entry option” in order to employ them as drivers in their courier service.
Background: Ukrainian citizens are allowed to enter the country for tourist purposes without a visa – 90 days within a reference period of 180 days. Anyone who wants to work needs a residence permit and a work permit.
This is how the makers should have tricked
According to prosecutors, the drivers were issued fake employment contracts under the guise of their Polish company. So a bogus employment relationship was created – and the truth veiled.
The legal loophole: Third-country nationals are allowed to enter Germany without a visa under certain conditions if they work for a European company in Germany.
The accused are said not to have reported the income of the Ukrainians to the tax office. In addition, the workers were therefore not reported to the German pension insurance, in order to save social contributions.
Investigators also arrested nine Ukrainian courier drivers during the searches, in which 175 officers from the Federal Police, financial control officers from the customs office in Darmstadt and the responsible public prosecutor were on duty. There are now criminal proceedings against her on suspicion of illegal residence.
Ensured during the campaign: documents on the employment relationship of the courier drivers, computers and data carriers. The arrested person should go to the judge at the Darmstadt district court on Thursday.