The Civil Guard has dismantled a network that scammed older people posing as members of the Andalusian Health Service

22 people have been arrested for the alleged crimes of unlawful association, fraud, usurpation, document falsification and money laundering

The disjointed organization could have charged more than 3 million euros and more than 1,500 victims have been located

The Civil Guard, in the framework of the MUTANTE operation, has broken up in Jaén a network dedicated to scamming older people posing as members of the Andalusian Health Service. The detainees now pledged to provide the victims with the necessary sanitary material to treat any injuries they suffered and they simply had to sign a “receipt” for it, but really what they had signed was a consumer credit.

22 people (17 women and 5 men) have been arrested in the towns of Granada and Albolote, for the alleged crimes of unlawful association, fraud, usurpation, documentary falsification and money laundering. Likewise, a registry has been made, in which abundant documentation has been obtained that is being investigated.

In the investigation it has been detected that there could be more than 1,500 people affected and it has been proven that the money charged by the network would have exceeded 3 million euros.
The operation began in the town of Baeza (Jaén) after the denunciation of several citizens, who stated that they had received the visit of some people who were posing as members of the Andalusian Health Service, specifically Social Services and / or Telecare of the Junta de Andalucía, and they promised to provide them with certain sanitary material, for having previously suffered a stroke or some type of injury.
Subsequently, the relatives of those affected, having knowledge of what happened, verified that the objects delivered had been sold, and that the “I received” that their relatives had signed, in fact, was a consumer credit.
In addition, the Consumer Office of the City of Úbeda and the Social Services of the Junta de Andalucía, confirmed to the investigators the existence of other similar events that occurred in the towns of Ubeda, Jódar, Jimena and Bedmar.
The alleged perpetrators made a first phone call to the victim to find out what kind of ailments he suffered and thus be able to make an appointment later. Once the appointment was confirmed, and connoisseurs of the ailments of the possible victim, a commercial person appeared at the address posing as a telecare or Social Services member of the Junta de Andalucía.
The victims believed that they were employees of the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Health Service, Telecare and / or Social Services), so they trusted and provided them with their income data, and even showed them documentation and / or savings books. On the other hand, the alleged authors did not deny that they were medical doctors when they were treated by the injured.
The elderly signed a series of documents without the commercial assumptions explaining anything to them, and they learned that what they had actually signed was a consumer loan when the documents were reviewed by relatives or even when they began to pay the aforementioned credits.
Other members of the group had prepared the sanitary material in commercial vehicles waiting to deliver them before any family member of the victims realized the deception.
The operation has been carried out by members belonging to the Judicial Police Team of the Civil Guard of Baeza.

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