Mafia gang’s 14 million euro link with Tenerife
Police have discovered that a Mafia gang led by an Italian linked to se-veral murders established a major link with Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura where they laundered money by buying properties, cars and boats.
Many of the luxury homes were purchased with illicit money in Arona and Adeje in the south of Tenerife.
So far, 38 people have been arrested for having links with the so-called “dellaMagliana band” which operated across Europe. They face charges of illicit gambling, money launde-ring and extortion.
The police operation, code-named Jackpot, was develop-ed in Spain, Italy and Austria, in a simultaneous performance by the Civil Guard, the Tax Agency, the Italian and Austrian Police.
The head of the organisation, now in prison, is associated with several homicides and murders in the 80s and 90s.
Two of the detainees were based in Barcelona and Gran Canaria.
A string of properties, 37 in all, and 19 companies with an approximate total value of 14 million euros have been frozen. Numerous vehicles and bank accounts have also been intervened.
“This criminal organisation had the control of the gaming sector in Italy through the management and supply of gaming machines, the use of illegal software, as well as online gaming. As a result of these and other activities, great economic benefits were ge-nerated that were used for the granting of credits and loans that were subsequently charg-ed to their victims through extortion,” said a police spo-kesman.
The criminal organisation laundered the money through a complex web of bogus com-panies, also linked to the gaming sector.
Thus they tried to avoid possible controls and the application of measures to prevent money laundering. The real estate investments in the Canary Islands was “sig-nificant”, say the police.