Two businessmen from São Paulo were arrested this Thursday morning (1) in São Paulo by the Special Action Group to Combat Tax Evasion (Gaesf) of the Public Ministry of Alagoas (MP-AL). The arrests are part of the second phase of Operation Plástico Quimérico, which investigates tax fraud. The prisoners should be transferred to Maceió this Thursday.
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The arrest warrants were issued by the 17th Criminal Court of the capital against businessmen Elias Assum Sabbag and Elias Assum Sabbag Júnior. They were detained at home and offered no resistance. After the arrest, the two underwent a forensic examination at the Legal Medical Institute of São Paulo.
The prisoners will be transferred to Maceió once the legal formalities are completed. The g1 tries to contact the defense of businessmen, but had not received a response until the last update of this report
Elias Assum Sabbag is investigated for embarrassing the investigation of a criminal offense involving a criminal organization. Elias Assum Sabbag Júnior is a director of the company Cartonale and is being investigated for alleged active corruption of tax auditors. According to the MP-AL, he would also be the head of the criminal organization that defrauds the tax authorities of Alagoas and São Paulo, in addition to the accusation of ideological falsehood.
Tax fraud investigation
The Gaesf investigation points out that more than 5,592 thousand fraudulent invoices were issued in the amount of approximately BRL 76 million, through at least five shell companies, with untrue information regarding the ownership and management of these commercial establishments that, in practice, were never existed.
According to the MP-AL, the fraudulent schemes caused huge losses that are being investigated by the Treasury Departments of Alagoas and São Paulo.
The first phase of Operation Chimeric Plastic was launched on August 10th. Thirteen search and seizure warrants were carried out in Maceió and another 9 in cities in the metropolitan region of São Paulo. The name of the operation refers to the fact that companies linked to the criminal organization simulate the sale of non-existent goods to the plastic industry.