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The scammer from Roda de Berà who distributed fake bills that he bought online

Agents of the National Police, in a joint operation with the Mossos d’Esquadra, have dismantled a criminal group that allegedly distributed counterfeit €20 and €50 bills over the Internet. Six people have been arrested, among whom are the main distributors and dealers. The tickets were sold through a well-known Internet shopping platform, later they were sent by parcel throughout the national territory together with the corresponding holographic bands that the buyer himself had to stick to the ticket. Counterfeits worth €13,900, numerous holographic bands and different tools for handling banknotes have been seized.

The tickets were used to make purchases in establishments in Tarragona and Barcelona. Photo: Mossos d’Esquadra

The joint investigations began in mid-June 2021 when a large number of counterfeit €20 and €50 banknotes were detected in circulation with common counterfeit elements.

For sale by parts through the Internet

The agents were able to verify that the tickets were sold through a well-known platform for buying items on the Internet and had very specific characteristics, since the counterfeits were not sent complete but, once the payment was made, the tickets and their corresponding holograms were sent through parcel companies. The buyers themselves had to adhere the holograms to the banknotes and apply different products to them so that they had a real appearance.

The main distributor resided in the town of Chiclana de la Frontera (Cádiz) and one of its largest buyers was located in Roda de Berà (Tarragona). The latter, once he received the counterfeit bills, distributed them to third parties – dealers – who finally made purchases in shops in Barcelona and Tarragona making use of counterfeits.

The counterfeits were not sent complete but, once the payment was made, the bills and their corresponding holograms were sent. Photo: Mossos d’Equadra

Once all the information had been verified, the investigators seized a postal shipment containing €1,750 in counterfeit €20 and €50 bills addressed to buyers based in Mieres (Asturias), who were arrested and brought to justice.

A search was made at the address of one of the distributors, in Roda de Berà, in which €12,150 were seized in counterfeit €20 and €50 bills, numerous holographic bands and different tools for manipulating the bills. Finally, members of the National Police and Mossos d’Esquadra arrested the main distributor in Chiclana de la Frontera for the crime of acquiring and distributing counterfeit banknotes.

  • Mossos d’Esquadra
  • National Police
  • Roda de Bera
  • events
  • falsification
  • fake currency

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