Mass arrests for Austria to Spain scam
The Civil Guard, in the framework of operation JOR-MOS, has dismantled a network dedicated to the sale of vehicles previously acquired illegally in European Union countries.
So far, 42 people have been arrested, some of them through different orders of detention and extradition, for the alleged crimes of fraud, reception, improper appropriation of vehicles, falsification of public, official or mercantile document, falsification of private documents and belonging to a criminal organisation.
Also, 45 stolen vehicles whose value amounts to 1,450,000 euros have been seized.
The operation was initiated during spotchecks of ITV station when an unusual increase of vehicles from Austria was detected in the Madrid town of Móstoles.
The agents verified that one of the vehicles registered in Spain had been stolen in a country of the European Union. The gang leaders created bogus companies to acquire cars on leasing arrangements but then shipped them over to Spain and used forged documents to register them.
The operation is still open and further arrests are likely.