The Civil Guard dismantles a criminal organization responsible for hundreds of scams related to the sale of masks and other effects
6 people have been arrested and 265 crimes of fraud, threats, extortion, falsification of documents and usurpation of civil status committed in 21 provinces have been clarified
The organization had at least 11 websites from which they committed the scams and an intricate financial organization with which they managed to launder the profits abroad
It is estimated that the amount scammed could amount to around 100,000 euros
The Civil Guard, within the framework of the “Hontecilla” operation, has dismantled a criminal organization responsible for 265 crimes of fraud, threats, extortion, falsification of documents, usurpation of civil status and money laundering. 6 people of Moldovan nationality have been arrested and 3 searches carried out in the towns of Salou and Reus (Tarragona) and in San Adría del Besos (Barcelona), in which a large number of falsified documents of all kinds have been seized, more than 100 SIM cards, a score of latest generation mobile phones, data storage devices, a cryptocurrency management portfolio, fake credit / debit cards (most of them called black, this is without spending limit or with a very high limit), instruments for the preparation of false documentation, 19,000 euros in cash and a high-end vehicle.
The organization took advantage of the population's state of need to obtain masks and other health products due to the health crisis of COVID-19 to defraud individuals, municipalities, associations, companies, pharmacies and orthopedics.
265 crimes committed by this organization clarified
With the dismantling of this organization, the Civil Guard has managed to clarify 265 crimes of which: