Fraudsters enriched themselves by 250 thousand euros by making phone calls

The criminal group, which committed fraud against citizens in the regions of Attica, Peloponnese, Western Greece, Ionian Islands, Crete, Cyclades, Dodecanese, Macedonia and Rhodope, was eliminated by the police departments of Tripoli, Attica, Elis and Crete.

Four men, aged 20, 21, 28 and 42, were arrested. A 44-year-old man in custody is being charged in the same cases.

According to the police, using the collected data, it turned out that five men started their activities in October 2020 and committed a total of 47 crimes: fraud and attempted fraud with illegal receipt of proceeds worth more than 250,000 euros. A 44-year-old man is the leader of a criminal organization who, while locked in a temporary detention center, spoke on the phone with unsuspecting citizens, posing as a bank clerk at their local branch.

Then, under the pretext that they were entitled to a retroactive pension, either by themselves or by their relatives, he convinced them to pay the money, allegedly as withholding tax, to bank accounts belonging to other members of the criminal organization.

Searches were carried out in the homes of members of the criminal organization, as well as in the cell of the detainee. In the course of operational actions, seven mobile phones were found, the amount of cash was 10 675 euros, as well as documents confirming the receipt of transfers.

Those arrested will be taken to the prosecutor of the Tripoli court of first instance. The investigation is ongoing.

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