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29.04.2019 | As a result of non-payment of taxes during the operation of the ropeway Tsakhkadzor, the State has been damaged in the amount of 476 million drams. A criminal case has been initiated.

As a result of inspections in the “Ropeway of Tsakhkadzor” company, the RA  Prosecutor General’s Office has initiated a criminal case.

As a result of large-scale inspections carried out by the Office for the Protection of State Interests of the RA Prosecutor General's Office, it turned out that for the reconstruction of the “Ropeway Tsakhkadzor”, by decision of the Armenian government dated  April 22, 2004, the first, second and third parking areas of the ropeway have been separated from the assets of CJSC Tsaghkadzor Main Sports Complex and handed over to the State Committee on Physical Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia, which, in turn, donated property on behalf of the State to the association of legal entities National Olympic Committee ”(NOCA) with the condition that the NOCA or through the commercial organizations created by it will, by December 31, 2005, restore and start the operation of the ropeway.

From March 1, 2005 to 2008, NOCA transferred the management of the ropeway  to the company. According to the contract signed on December 15, 2008, from 2009 to the present day, the management of the ropeway has been transferred to another company. According to the data of 2005–2017 submitted to the tax authorities by the management companies, the annual turnover of the ropeway for the indicated years was from 3 to 60 million drams, or a total of about 496 million drams.

Meanwhile, in 2018, the turnover of the ropeway  alone amounted to 537 million drams, or 40 million drams more than in the last 12 years combined.

Tax payments for the years 2005-2017 amounted to 1-20 million drams per year, or a total of 148 million drams for the specified years. Meanwhile, in 2018, about 240 million drams have been paid in taxes, that is, almost 90 million drams more than in the last 12 years combined.

For example, when in 2018 the annual turnover of the ropeway was 537 million drams, and the taxes paid were about 240 million drams, 615.430 kilowatts per hour of energy was consumed, that is, less than in 2008, when the turnover amounted to 56 million  drams paid were about 17 million drams, and the amount of energy consumed was 657. 574 kilowatts per hour. It also turned out that the ropeway was operated exclusively in the presence of passengers. According to preliminary estimates, the damage caused to the State by the company in 2008-2016 amounts to 1 billion 985 million 273 thousand drams. In addition, according to the signed agreement on trust management of the ropeway, the net profit of NOCA is 50 percent of the net profit derived from the operation of the ropeway, and the remaining 50 percent of the profit goes to the management organization. If we take into account that the taxable objects (profits) of the company are less than  397 million 054 thousand drams, then, respectively, 50% less from the specified amount, or at least 198 million 527 thousand drams less were sent by the responsible person to NOKA. According to the results of the investigations, the RA Prosecutor General’s Office has initiated  a criminal case on p.  2 art.  205 ( evasion from taxes, duties or other mandatory payments,  in a large amount ), on p. 1 p. 2 art.  184 ( Infliction of damage to property by deception or abuse of confidence, which inflicted particularly great damage ) of the RA Criminal Code.

Note: Every person suspected in or charged with a criminal offense shall be presumed innocent unless proved guilty in the manner prescribed by the RA Criminal Procedure Code and unless the verdict comes into legal force.