– Germany and Thailand could reclaim EUR 17 million
– Possible tax evasion under German 370 AO
The financially troubled Berlin jewelry group elumeo SE may face back tax claims totaling 17 million Euros. This assessment is the result of an expert opinion commissioned by Ottoman Strategy Holdings (OSH) based on existing contracts between elumeo SE and its subsidiaries as well as on the tax holiday conditions, according with the Board of Investment, in Thailand. According to these agreements, the German tax authorities are likely to make additional claims for alleged profits of EUR 10 million, while the Thai government is likely to make a further 7 million Euro for unfulfillment of the conditions of the tax holiday granted to the Thai elumeo subsidiary PWK Juwellery Limited.
This tax assessment is devastating news for the shareholders Frankfurt Performance Mangament AG (FPM) and Heliad Equity Partners and other elumeo shareholders, who have so far supported the Chairman of the Board of Directors of elumeo SE, Wolfgang Boy. During the last shareholders meeting of elumeo, following the news of criminal investigations for fraud, in both Germany and Thailand against Wolfgang Boy and Executive Directors Thomas Jarmuske and Bernd Fischer OSH requested the appointment of a special auditor. The task of a special auditor would have been to investigate the factors which led to social distress at PWK in Thailand, caused by hundreds of workers being deprived of their legal severance pay and salaries. More than that, OSH requested the appointment of a special auditor to clarify the legality of Chariman Boye’s actions and the general status of the company. However, in spite of the criminal investigations, lawsuits in the range of tens of millions of Euro against the company, Raik Hoffman, representative of FPM pledged his total trust and support in Boy, voting against a perfectly normal, under these circumstances, special audit.
The expert opinion exposes a web of complicated price transfer mechanism, tax holidays, intermediary Hong Kong companies with no physical substance, unpaid invoices, breach of the “arm length” principles, revolving loans to pay dividends that exists only on paper, unfulfilled contracts, subordinations of debts of tens of millions of EUR and setoff of dividends made only on paper.
It also indicates a strong likeness of major tax evasion under the German 370 AO, based on the existing Agreements between elumeo, Silverline Distribution Limited (Hong Kong intermediary company) and PWK in Thailand, payments pattern and Chairman Wolfgang Boye’s own statements during the shareholders meetings of elumeo. OSH will provide the expert opinion to the tax authorities in Germany and Thailand.
OSH will continue to pursue its legal ways of action in order to have a special auditor appointed by a German Court, in spite of Frankfurt Performance Management’s vote against the legal clarification that would be generated by a clear and full audit of this troubled company, which, under Wolfgang Boy’s Chairmanship lost more than 96% of its share price and became involved into major financial disputes and social unrest, affecting the life of hundreds of people.
At this point, OSH, as the initial investor in elumeo SE, operator of Juwelo TV, is greatly saddened by the fact that under the actual management and with the support of other minor shareholders as Frankfurt Performance Management AG (FPM), the company is caught in a situation that could, very likely, lead to its insolvency, and continue to generate a grave wave of legal problems, both civil and criminal, as well as major tax issues.
Until now, with no proof but erratic explanations, Chairman Boy, denied all these allegations. However, OSH is rising a very simple and legitimate question, to the both, other shareholders and the market: “If such illegalities-related conclusions are unfounded, why are Chairman Boy and his supporters fighting so hard against the appointment of a special auditor, which, in the case that there were no illegalities committed, would just clear the company’s and his own name?”