ArmInfo. Instead of "Norfolk Consulting", which will be liquidated before the end of July, a company with state participation will be established, Chairman of the State Revenue Committee of Armenia David Ananyan told journalists on July 13.
At present, as Ananyan noted, the company continues its activities, fulfills its former functions (cargo transportation, customs clearance of documents) under the direct control of the Internal Security Department of the Committee. Later, instead of "Norfolk" a new joint-stock company with state participation will be established. The new company will not duplicate the functions of the old one, but will carry out intermediary brokerage services. In addition, according to David Ananyan, of the total amount of the company's damage to the budget of $ 7 million, the company committed to repay $ 5 million before July 20. "If the entire amount is repaid, the criminal case against Norfolk will be closed," he stated.
To recall, on May 25 the National Security Service of Armenia stated that it revealed a criminal scheme in the framework of the fight against corruption and economic crimes. The large company Norfolk Consulting Ltd. maliciously avoided paying taxes, fees and other mandatory payments in especially large amounts. The Service found out that the representatives of the Norfolk Consulting LLC often did not declare and did not conduct properly through customs the goods imported into the republic, thereby underestimating the funds due to the state budget. In addition, the company created unequal competitive conditions for citizens who imported the same goods. The company did not pay about $ 7 million to the state budget, which is equal to 3.3 billion drams. On the fact a criminal case was initiated by the investigation department of the National Security Service. The general director of the Norfolk Consulting LLC Armen Unanian and three other responsible employees of the company were arrested on suspicion of committing a crime under the article 205, part 2 of the Criminal Code ("Evasion from payment of taxes, duties or other compulsory payments") and part 2 of Article 308 ("Abuse of official powers that entailed grave consequences through negligence") of the RA Criminal Code. Until recently, 7-8 organizations have been operating in the republic that dealt not only with cargo transportation, but also with the registration of customs documents. By establishing "Norfolk Consulting" an attempt was made to distinguish these actions in order to facilitate customs procedures at the border for business entities.