SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, 27 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Prevention Area of the Main Post of the Civil Guard of Cambre (A Coruña) has arrested two individuals, a man and a woman, who were engaged as a way of life to defraud individuals, credit institutions, commercial establishments and hotel establishments . They belonged to a band that operated in national territory and that has been dismantled after a complaint in Oleiros.
As reported by the Armed Institute, in the framework of the so-called Operation Capelán, men and women were arrested following the complaint of an anonymous citizen who had rented a holiday apartment in the town of Santa Cristina, in the Coruña municipality of Oleiros.
The affected, before the theft of a television and the damage caused to the property by said persons, informed the agents of the Post of Cambre the supposed identity of the tenants, but the guards found that the identities provided were false.
Then, once the tenants left the aforementioned hotel establishment, a search device was established in the town of Santa Cristina, whereby they were intercepted minutes later by these people hidden inside a cafeteria. After being required by the Civil Guard to show their identification, they again facilitated a false identity.
For these reasons, the suspect agents could be dedicated “in a generalized manner to the commission of more criminal acts using the identity of third parties,” said the same sources, who said that the agents proceeded to arrest for identity theft, as well as for theft and damages, both committed inside the hotel establishment.
They were transferred to official offices for full identification, which, “after intense information work by the Civil Guard,” said the same sources, they can identify “without any doubt as SCB and MVS.”
Both individuals, according to the investigators, allegedly led “a criminal organization dedicated to committing scams against individuals through falsified national identity documents” and the “fabrication of a parallel life around each usurped identity”, the Benemérita emphasizes, through of work contracts, falsified payrolls, awards of new email addresses, as well as contact information created for that purpose (emails, mobile telephony terminals, a false address, etc.).
The Armed Institute highlights that the head of the organization, SCB, had numerous criminal records for crimes against property and was fled from the Justice since 2016, mainly for the commission of scams throughout the national territory with search warrants, arrest and person in force.
Also, they were in the investigation phase “numerous criminal acts allegedly committed by the detainees and related to this criminal offense committed throughout the national territory, in addition to having determined the judicial authority their immediate entry into prison,” highlight the same sources.
At the time of the arrest, numerous identity documents of different people, several computer equipment, USB sticks, a laser printer, numerous documents were used, among which were credit and debit cards issued by banking entities in the name of other identities, numerous mobile telephone terminals, a multitude of SIM cards, as well as a significant amount of different types of psychotropic substances. The detainees have also been investigated for a possible crime against public health for drug trafficking.
Among all the documentation intervened, the Civil Guard notes “multitude of invoices in the name of third parties”, which was classified in files according to the type of documentation, as well as handwritten notes in which each of the credits acquired by each false profile to the corresponding identity as well as a “large amount of counterfeit payrolls issued by fictitious companies”.
The agents verified the extensive exploitation work that they carried out of each of the false identities in order to acquire cash through bank loans and “to be able to make all kinds of purchases online, or through credit cards issued by large companies. establishments selling technology “.
In addition, they made “always purchases of high-end technological products, for which they used a meticulous administrative work to carry out an exhaustive control of the economic activity generated with the elaboration of individualized deceptions”.
The detainees were settled in the province of A Coruña in recent months and obtained data on the victims through their DNI, “mostly stolen by people from their criminal environment and through extensive social engineering,” say the same sources.
The modus operandi they used was to fraudulently obtain personal documentation from a person, “who was associated with a perfectly credible fictitious life, was created a false job with a false remuneration, and thus to create a true web of identities “, specifies the Armed Institute, to which the banking entities, as well as large commercial establishments, granted all types of microloans for consumption of up to 3,000 euros for the acquisition of high-end technological products that they would later sell on second-hand online portals, leaving the only trail.
The detainees lived in an itinerant way so as not to arouse suspicion, always staying in tourist apartments with a fictitious identity and not paying the rent and destroying the apartments in which they stayed.
At the time of the arrest, they met with two other people whom they used to make postage in exchange for payments in kind – mainly technological products – of which one of them was arrested and released by the agents.
The detainees have been brought to justice after what the judicial authority has decreed their entry into prison. The process is in the process of being investigated, so the investigations continue in order to clarify “all the possible criminal acts committed by these individuals,” the same sources conclude.