the Mulliez (again) in the sights of the tax authorities

the Mulliez (again) in the sights of the tax authorities
the Mulliez (again) in the sights of the tax authorities

From a decade, The Mulliez empire finds itself in the crosshairs of the tax authorities due to persistent suspicions of tax fraud. At issue: an opaque and complex structure which would have made it possible to hide hundreds of millions of euros.

Hervé Dubly denounces the tax fraud of the Mulliez family

The affair began in 2012, following a complaint from Hervé Dubly, a former member of the family, who highlighted questionable practices within the family empire. This complaint concerned very high loans, granted without documentation or interest, to foreign entities and to individuals through personal or family structures, suggesting a possible breach of trust and aggravated tax evasion. Hervé Dubly was then talking about colossal sums, several hundred million euros.

At the heart of the investigation is the complex structure of the Mulliez Family Association (AFM), composed solely of the descendants of Louis and Marguerite Mulliez. This group exercises control via a shareholders’ agreement over a “galaxy” of companies. The opaque organization of these companies “ could also allow a reduction in tax in France (allowing for example to benefit from dividends abroad) and would therefore be likely to receive the qualification of aggravated tax fraud or laundering of aggravated tax fraud », Estimate the judges in charge of the case. Searches in France, Belgium and Luxembourg have taken place since then.

The Mulliez indicted for tax fraud

Several members of the family, including Jérôme and Thierry Mulliez, as well as associated financial structures, were indicted in 2019 for tax fraud and aggravated money laundering. Investigators are focusing on financial arrangements that could constitute serious criminal offenses.

However, in 2023, a first part of the results of the tax audit was provided by the Directorate of National and International Verifications (DVNI) to the magistrate in charge of the case. Enough to potentially relaunch the investigation and reclassify the facts. Because, for the moment, only the charge of “money laundering” has been retained.

In defense, the AFM has always maintained that its operations were perfectly regular, insisting on the transparency of financial flows and the absence of any desire for tax evasion. “ Financial flows are completely transparent and are part of a logic of economic development. No tax benefit was sought, no tax benefit was realized. None “, explains the family association. She plans to file a complaint for violation of the confidentiality of the investigation.

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