a quien le compra la sociedad

English translation: whom company 3 purchases from

21:45 Apr 8, 2018
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial - Finance (general) / Missing trader fraud
Spanish term or phrase: a quien le compra la sociedad
I think my brain's stopped working because try as I might, I just don't understand a phrase. Three Spanish people have tried to explain the meaning but I'm none the wiser :-(

The context:
Missing trader fraud (also called missing trader intra-community, MTIC, or carousel fraud) is the theft of Value Added Tax (VAT) from a government by organised crime gangs who exploit the way VAT is treated within multi-jurisdictional trading where the movement of goods between jurisdictions is VAT-free.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_trader_fraud

Here is the fragment where the phrase appears:
O tambien se han detallado muchos casos en que la trucha española (sociedad 3) contacta directamente con el proveedor en origen (la sociedad 1) sin pasar por su propio proveedor teórico (que es la sociedad 2). Otras veces, aunque los contactos se producen de un eslabón a otro según lo esperable (de la 4 con la 3, de la 3 con la 2 y de ésta a la 1), se aprecia claramente que la sociedad 4 tiene información sobre **a quien le compra** la sociedad 3 o incluso la sociedad 2, a qué precios, a qué personas, etc.

'truchas' are 'missing traders'.

I don't understand if company 4 has information about who buys from or sells to company 3.

I would also appreciate some help with 'a qué personas' - does it refer to the people who buy or sell?

Thank you in advance!
Helena Chavarria
Spain
Local time: 03:43
English translation:whom company 3 purchases from
Explanation:
Hi Helena. I'm fairly certain this means that company 4 is well aware whom company 3 or even company 2 buys from, and at what prices, since the intermediaries are mostly in name only.

What I don't understand is "a qué personas", as it seems to me to mean the same thing as "a quien le compra".
Selected response from:

Robert Carter
Mexico
Local time: 20:43
Grading comment
Gracias :-)
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a quien le compra la sociedad 3
whom company 3 purchases from


Explanation:
Hi Helena. I'm fairly certain this means that company 4 is well aware whom company 3 or even company 2 buys from, and at what prices, since the intermediaries are mostly in name only.

What I don't understand is "a qué personas", as it seems to me to mean the same thing as "a quien le compra".

Robert Carter
Mexico
Local time: 20:43
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PRO pts in category: 204
Grading comment
Gracias :-)
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thank you, Robert. You make it look easy but the more I read the phrase, the less I understood it.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Robin Levey: "comprar a" --> "buy from". "a qué personas" quite likely refers to (other) intermediaries (personas civiles or jurídicas as the case may be).
10 mins
  -> Thanks, Robin, yes, could well be the names of the actual people involved rather than the company names on the invoices.

agree  Charles Davis: Yes, and "a qué personas" means "from which people": not only the identity of the company but also who is behind it. It means personas físicas.
19 mins
  -> Thanks, Charles, yes, I think it probably does.
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