OCCRP presents

Veggie scam

What connects terrorists in Iraq, cleaning ladies in Ukraine, and dodgy businessmen in Turkey? Vegetables and tax fraud. A series of scams helped Al Qaeda and hurt Romanian tax officials to the tune of at least € 50 million.

Stories

Building a highway to crime from the Middle East into Europe

On the morning of June 17, 2013, a judge in the Ilfov County Courthouse just outside of Bucharest began trying the case of a Swedish citizen of Iranian origin.

  • 23 July 2014

Crooks Steal the Money, While Refugees Pay the Price

The crime, according to prosecutors, was tax evasion by companies importing food to Romania. But there was a new wrinkle in the scheme.

  • 23 July 2014

Ukrainian Cleaners Discover They Own Companies - And Owe Taxes

Although the 47-year-old lives in Ukraine’s Odessa region, she is, according to company records, the administrator and shareholder of a Romanian vegetable...

  • 23 July 2014

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Jody McPhillips
Regional Editor/Caucasus

Jody McPhillips

Acting Editor-in-Chief

Paul Radu
OCCRP Editor

Paul Radu

Editor

Puiulet Romana
Rise Journalist

Puiulet Romana

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Daniel Bojin
Rise Journalist

Daniel Bojin

Journalist

Cristi Ciuperca
Rise Journalist

Cristi Ciuperca

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Milica Saric
OCCRP

Milica Saric

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Adem Kuric
OCCRP

Adem Kuric

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2013 Global Shining Light

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