Chinese entrepreneur indicted for customs duty evasion

A 43-year-old Chinese entrepreneur specializing in electric bicycles was indicted on Friday by a European delegate prosecutor and then imprisoned on suspicion of European customs duty fraud, his lawyer said on Saturday. confirming information from Parisian. According to a source familiar with the matter, Lijun D. was arrested on Wednesday by customs officers from the Financial Judicial Investigation Service (SEJF) and then placed in police custody at their premises in Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne). .

He was then indicted on Friday by a delegated European prosecutor, confirmed one of his lawyers, Mr.e Rodrigue Flahaut-Prevot. Presented to a judge of freedoms and Parisian detention, he was then placed in pre-trial detention, again confirmed the council. The Parisian asserts that Lijun D. is “suspected of having implemented a system of circumvention of customs duties since 2018, for damage assessed at 26 million euros”.

Goods declared in South Korea rather than China

A spokeswoman for the European Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the arrest of a Chinese national and this assessment. But for M.e Flahaut-Prévot, this amount is based on “extrapolations”, while more generally the respondent disputes any fraud. According to The Parisiancustoms officers realized, while examining a container a few months ago in a French port, that goods imported by his company Leon Cycle were declared as coming from South Korea rather than China, thus allowing customs duties lower customs.

The bicycles were “also delivered as a kit, making it look like spare parts. A nuance that also allows you to pay a much lower value added tax (VAT), ”according to the daily. Lijun D. would also be targeted by suspicions of money laundering.

On its website, Leon Cycle presents itself as a company created in 2014 in Hanover (Germany), present in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United States and Australia and affirms that all its products are “designed in Germany and manufactured in Western Europe “. Me Flahaut-Prévot intends to file on Monday a request for release for his client, who according to him has “all the guarantees of representation”, and is worried that he “is the stake of a commercial war between the Europe and China”.

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