An illegal activity with medicines via a pharmacy chain was neutralized in Veliko Tarnovo as a result of a joint operation between the State Agency for National Security, the Ministry of Interior, the Bulgarian Drug Agency, the National Revenue Agenc

A specialized operation on the part of officials of the State Agency for National Security, the Ministry of Interior, the Bulgarian Drug Agency, the National Revenue Agency, led and supervised by the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office, was conducted at the offices of a pharmacy chain on 28.06.2016 on the territory of Veliko Tarnovo, which was aimed at neutralizing the illegal trade with medicines in the country and abroad, as well as at neutralizing tax crimes.

The operation was carried out in relation with initiated pre-trial proceedings.

Accounting documents, prescriptions and computer configurations related to the illegal activity were discovered and confiscated during the conducted procedural-investigative activity.

A large quantity of medicines was detected, stored in a warehouse, without having the respective license from the Bulgarian Drug Agency.

Under the scheme medicines were fictively prescribed out by health officials and afterwards paid by the National Health Insurance Fund. The trade with the medicines, which followed, resulted in the commitment of fiscal crimes as well. Significant damage has been caused to the state budget, the value of which is to be determined.

The work of the case continues.