Dismantled a network of fake companies that resold wine bottles using the Nazarene scam

There are nine people arrested and two investigated for defrauding a company in the wine sector

The dismantled organization created more than 90 shell companies through which they placed orders for wines that they did not pay for later.

They have scammed more than 125,000 bottles of wine that resold changing the label

The Civil Guard has dismantled a network of false companies that scammed wine bottles through the scam of the Nazarene. The Dolio operation has resulted in nine detainees and two investigated –between 34 and 81 years old– as perpetrators of the crimes of laundering, fraud, documentary falsehood, against industrial property, reception and membership of a criminal organization.

The scam of the Nazarene was the modus operandi by which they got to get 125,000 bottles from a wine company located in Burgos. Through one of the 90 fictitious companies they had, the detainees ordered the wine from the supplier company, which admitted payment in promissory notes.

Once the agreed product has been delivered, which exceeds 129,320 euros, the victim company verifies that everything has been a fraudulent operation since these promissory notes lack funds.

Label change

To execute the scam they always followed the same strategy. It consisted of creating a fictitious company and choosing a merchant supplying merchandise. At first they usually make small orders and pay cash, earning the trust of potential victims. Later they make large supplies of merchandise and postpone payment. Once the order is received, they suddenly take the invoiced genre and disappear without paying it.

Subsequently, the organization changed the labels and resold the scammed wine for a higher value giving it a better quality appearance.

Based in La Rioja, the network used two fictitious companies connected to each other – one located in Madrid and the other in Valencia – to commit the scams. To complicate the possible investigation, they created ramifications in the provinces of Navarra, Lugo, Valencia, Toledo and Madrid, places where all arrests have been carried out.

The Civil Guard has managed to recover part of the stolen wine in Zaragoza and Navarra, specifically 3,160 wine bottles and 60 five-liter containers. This product had already been relabelled for market introduction.

The 90 fictitious companies had no commercial activity or known patrimony, it was used as instrumental companies to launder the economic benefit of the illicit sales of wine products.

The group of scammers was perfectly organized and had a hierarchical structure. Each member of the same had specific and concrete functions in the development of the illicit activities.

The proceedings investigated have been delivered to the Investigating Court No. 3 of Burgos.

For more information contact O.P.C. Burgos Commandery, telephone 947-244853, 947-244664 and mobile 639-300526, 669-872112.

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