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Tax office NAV, with the help of the national toll payment services company NUSZ, has uncovered a series of scams worth several billion forints committed by freight forwarders, NAV’s criminal deputy director, Péter Zámbó, said. The analysis of databases received from NUSZ revealed violations that appeared to have been committed by independent companies, but in reality they were all linked to an organised criminal group, he said. The freight forwarders in question failed to pay their public contributions and tolls which enabled them to offer their services nearly 20 percent cheaper, he said. The fines imposed as a result of unpaid tolls between 2016 and 2018 totalled 3.5 billion forints (EUR 10.9m) but the forwarders involved companies without assets in order to avoid payment. Additionally, they failed to pay 129 million forints worth of VAT, corporate tax and contributions linked to employment, Zámbó said. Two people have been placed under house arrest and the authorities are continuing the search for further assets that can be seized. If convicted, the perpetrators face up to 20 years in prison, he said.