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Spain: Man arrested for defrauding fruit trading company

A 37-year-old Spanish man has been released on charges of allegedly defrauding a Pego-based fruit trading company for the false harvest of 18 tonnes of oranges.

As reported on Thursday 31 August by the Guardia Civil, the man was charged with the alleged crimes of fraud, falsification of private documents and theft. The man charged the fruit trading company for 18 tonnes of oranges that never existed.

In this company, growers take their production to a warehouse, where the goods are weighed and sorted according to the quality level of the fruits.

With these data, the workers send a receipt to each producer, who then take it to the offices to make the payment for the product delivered.

An office clerk was the first to observe something unusual in one of the receipts, so he decided to contact the warehouse to check the amount to be paid, and suspecting it could be a scam, he brought the case to the team ROCA (Robberies in the Field) of the Guardia Civil of Calpe.

As revealed by the investigation, it all started when the man arrested took his orange production to that company, and in one of those deliveries, he falsified one of the receipts by adding a "3" to his just 200 hundred kilos of oranges, which gave him far more income than expected.

He repeated this falsification procedure several times, until one day, due to an oversight of the person in charge, he had the opportunity of stealing a blank check book from the warehouse.

With this checkbook in his possession, he no longer needed to bring his oranges, and went directly to the offices to get money for up to 18 tonnes of oranges that did not even exist.

Source: EFE

Publication date: 9/4/2017


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