Up to 65 years in prison for criminal organization, money laundering, falsification of a commercial document and a string of crimes against the Public Treasury in VAT, personal income tax and EU taxes, in addition to a collection of fines for an amount greater than the 147 million euros. This is the request for punishment presented by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor for Julio Seseña, the customs agent detained in one of the biggest blows to the illegal traffic of goods from China deployed on European territory, Operation Toys.
In total, 37 people will sit on the bench as members of the criminal organization that Seseña would have been directing and that left the Tax Agency with more than 52 million euros in duty: from the leaders and their subordinates to the carriers, passing through the figureheads and the real customers of the merchandise.
As detailed in the indictment to which ABC had access, Seseña set up a structure in order to import products from China, covering up their recipients. At first, he resorted to two alleged Almeria toy makers lacking activity to hide that, in reality, his clients were in the Cobo Calleja industrial estate, in the Madrid town of Fuenlabrada.
He underestimated the content and quantity of items in the containers to pay less taxes or said they were going to Portugal and postponed the payment of the tariff until he avoided it. Once he unloaded the merchandise at its destination, he collected it by hand from subordinates who were in charge of moving the cash to him.
Part of the money was sent to China to pay suppliers, who had declared a much lower sale when they shipped the merchandise. The other, traveled in briefcases to banks in Portugal – there are 56 expeditions to enter 10.4 million in cash in 2014 alone – and after passing through merchants created ad hoc in the Netherlands, ended up in the organization’s parent company, the Customs company Point out SL, as if it were the result of a legal import operation.
The road to Cobo Calleja
In parallel, the recipients of the products, since they were not listed as such, did not declare them: they sold the stock in black, feeding “the underground economy” and generating again huge sums to be laundered, confirm the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office.
They had been working this way from 2009 to 2014, although the system was gaining in complexity as the Tax Agency tightened with inspections. There came a point where Seseña no longer had two false importers in Almería, but screens in Portugal, Holland, Italy, Poland, Germany and Hungary.
In 2012, he created a company in the Netherlands to dispatch imports, which continued to arrive covertly at Cobo Calleja thanks to two also accused transporters, a father and his son who obtained the truck. All operations were justified with false invoices, according to the terms of the accusation.
Already in the polygon, eight Chinese citizens were waiting for them who will now sit on the bench. The investigation estimates that the Seseña company “was responsible for the introduction and delivery in Spain of a total of 2,558 containers and 255 aerial bills” in favor of these people, identified as their “real clients”.
They emphasize Bai Jie, alias Simón; brothers Bin and Xialei Yu, married Bai Jie and Li Roulan; and Rui Lu Cai, known as “Luis de Embajadores” and discovered as “one of the most important real clients in the organization”. The Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office requests penalties of between 12 and 26 years in prison and fines that exceed 58 million euros. .