In Chuvashia, local resident suspected of evading paying taxes on winnings of international poker tournaments

The Chuvash Republic Office of the Investigative Committee has initiated criminal proceedings against an unemployed 36-year-old resident of the town of Cheboksary based on the materials provided by the local tax inspectorate. The man is suspected of tax evasion on a large scale under part 1 of Article 198 of the RF Penal Code.

According to investigators, the suspect evaded to pay some 4 million rubles in income tax from 2011 to 2013 by failing to submit respective tax declarations to tax authorities and concealing his income of more than 30 million rubles. He got his income outside the Russian Federation for winning international poker tournaments held in the USA (Las-Vegas, finals of World Series of Poker), in Germany (Berlin), Denmark (Copenhagen) and in France (Deauville).

At present, necessary investigative operations are underway to find out all the circumstances surrounding the crime, including a tax inquiry. The investigators have filed with the case necessary documents from the tax service. Necessary steps are going to be taken to repair the damage done to the budget. The investigation is ongoing.

According to Article 28.1 of the RF Criminal Procedure Code the charges on Article 198 of the RF Penal Code can be dropped if the suspect compensates for the damage done to the Russian budget system by paying the full sum of the tax and fines.