Ukrainian Tax Officials Are Accused Of Organizing Crypto Schemes
The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (GPU) suspects officials of the fiscal service of money laundering using cryptocurrency and electronic payment systems prohibited in the country, the press service of the department reports.
It is assumed that the employees of the fiscal service worked according to the financial pyramid scheme — they created companies and attracted people to receive investments. After that, the officials tried to legalize funds received by fraud, for which they transferred them abroad through Qiwi, WebMoney, and Yandex.Money wallets prohibited in the country and converted into cryptocurrency.
Apart from tax authorities, the GPU suspects private entrepreneurs, owners of a number of companies, of money laundering by means of cryptocurrency. It has launched a criminal investigation and assumed that members of a criminal organization abused their authorities and may have committed particularly serious offenses.
To date, the legal status of cryptocurrency in Ukraine is not yet determined. However, the laundering of funds through anonymous blockchain transactions is considered fraud in all countries.
In 2017, Ukraine entered the top ten countries in the world, the citizens of which use cryptocurrency most actively. However, the crypto industry there is a “shadow” branch without the appropriate protection of users' rights by the authorities.
Nevertheless, the Ukrainian government intends to legalize digital money by 2021, as well as create a transparent ecosystem and develop crypto taxation.