MI: Employees of International Operational Co-operation Directorate handed to the Greek authorities 7 Bulgarian participants in an organised criminal group for fraud17 February 2017 | 10:37 | FOCUS News Agency
The group being neutralised was achieved thanks to excellent cooperation between Chief Directorate National Police and the Thessaloniki Police Directorate. Yesterday, employees of International Operational Co-operation Directorate handed over the 42-year-old person A. H., 35-year-old A. A., 38-year-old R. D., and 42-year-old B. D. to the Greek authorities in execution of the European arrest warrant. Transporting the group was done by employees of Chief Directorate Security of the Ministry of Justice.
The people detained were part of an organised criminal group which, based on initial data, included over 20 people – Bulgarian and Greek citizens, who dealt in telephone fraud on the territory of Thessaloniki in the period May 5 – June 28, 2015. During investigation, it was established that the participants in the criminal group used to main fraud schemes – they called claiming that a relative had a sudden problem with health, was placed in hospitals, and needed money for treatment, or that a “close one” caused a serious road accident involving a child being killed, and money were needed urgently to avoid arrest and pay for treatment expenses of those injured. The victims were usually elderly people from the Greek city, and the criminals pretended to be doctors, attorneys, or relatives.
At this stage, it was established that the group swindled a total of 34 elderly people during the period, 20 of which they failed to fool, while the other 14 fell victim and gave them different sums of money and valuable items. According to initial data, the total sum the criminals took totalled to EUR 257,640, plus valuables of undefined value.
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