29th May 2024
The alleged con-man at the time of the arrest in Sitges
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Alleged leader of fraud network arrested in Sitges

An alleged con-man belonging to a professional criminal group dedicated to a scam that involved renting flats, premises and computer equipment, has been arrested at his home in Sitges.

Two members of the gang were arrested on 19 January and have already been in jail. In addition, three more people who were allegedly collaborating in the fraud are currently being investigated.

The organisation’s activity was based on renting high-cost computer equipment that was never paid for or returned to its owners. The same took place with renting flats and commercial premises. The criminal gang rented property for use as housing and commercial premises under the pretext of setting up work offices or medical centres, but the payment of the rent was never made.

In addition to the above, the group is also being investigated for having conned doctors to invest in alleged private clinics that would be set up in the premises rented out. The alleged leader of the criminal organisation, arrested in Sitges, has four previous records with the Mossos d’Esquadra and 11 more between the Guardia Civil and the Spanish National Police, all for scams of similar activities carried out throughout Spain.

Investigators say that the alleged scammers moved a great deal throughout Spain and were on their way to committing even larger fraud. To date, there has been a total financial loss of around 102,842 euros between non-payment of rent and the sale of electronic and computer equipment.

The alleged con-man at the time of the arrest in Sitges
The alleged con-man at the time of the arrest in Sitges. (Mossos)

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