International computer fraud, forgery and money laundering ring dismantled

Author(s): UNK | Date: November 17, 2016 | Language: English
Source: https://www.europol.europa.eu/ | URL: https://goo.gl/8GD8oX | Type: Text

On 15 November, prosecutors from the Romanian Territorial Office Vâlcea of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), acting within a joint investigation team (JIT) set up with the support of Eurojust, carried out an operation concerning an organised crime group (OCG) specialised in computer fraud, forgery and money laundering. The operation was also supported on-the-spot by Europol. A total of 64 house searches were carried out and 64 suspects were brought to the Public Prosecutors Office in Romania for hearings. Twelve people have been arrested.
The OCG was suspected to have been formed in early 2015 and to have defrauded more than 1 000 people of EUR 4.5 million. Bank accounts were opened with false IDs.
The OCG members are suspected to have opened approximately 230 bank accounts abroad and 120 bank accounts in Romania.

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