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The group managed to get 5,000,000 kilos of citrus fruits valued at more than 2 million euro

Authorities in Sweden dismantled gang of scammers with ties to Calabrian Mafia

The Roca Team and the Telematic Crimes Team of the Swedish Civil Guard have arrested 11 people - 9 Italian and 2 Spanish citizens - and have investigated another 4 people for the crimes of belonging to a criminal organization, money laundering, falsification of documents, and scams in several autonomous communities.

The operation that led to the arrest of the suspects was called Truffato and it began last March. This criminal group operated through 18 shell companies that were supposed to be engaged in the commercialization of agricultural and grocery products.

According to a statement from the Civil Guard, one of their most common scams was to negotiate the price of orange with the owners of orange farms located in the municipalities of Valencia and Castellon. They would then take the product with them paying the producers the agreed amount, but with bad checks. They were able to carry out this scam thanks to the collaboration of field brokers who lent themselves to it in exchange for money. The authors managed to get 5 million kilograms of citrus products valued at more than 2 million euro.

Other criminal activities carried out by this organization included requesting credit lines that were never returned, and simulating the theft or loss of merchandise (usually citrus fruits) as it was transported by truck from Spain to Italy to collect the insurance for these alleged events. They also refused to pay cash to carriers for their services and falsified international merchandise contracts for the transportation of agricultural products. The money obtained for these crimes was later laundered thanks to the shell companies that invested the cash in the purchase of jewellery, real estate, and shares in other companies.

Ties with the Calabrian mafia
The authorities' investigations allowed proving that the perpetrators of these criminal activities, all of which had criminal records in Spain and Italy, were linked to the Calabrian mafia. This operation allowed clarifying more than 100 crimes in the provinces of Alicante, Almeria, Barcelona, Castellon, Gerona, Madrid, Murcia, Tarragona, and Valencia.

Five of the people investigated have been imprisoned by order of the judicial authority. The operation remains open and further arrests are not ruled out. The proceedings have been delivered in the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 1 of Alzira.

 

Source: ondacero.es 


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