Cologne (dpa / lnw) - In a major campaign, customs took action against parcel delivery companies on Monday. The Cologne public prosecutor announced that 20 properties, including residential and business premises in Cologne, Frechen, Hürth and Munich, had been searched. There are 155 customs officials and 55 forces from the tax investigation and tax offices on duty.
The investigations are directed against more than 60 suspects. Arrest warrants were executed against three of the main suspects. They are said to have employed parcel deliverers and other employees on the black market and not paid any social security contributions. The damage caused by unpaid social security contributions is currently estimated at an amount in the lower double-digit millions. The tax damage is estimated to be in the upper single-digit million range.