The National Police in Palma has arrested three people as alleged members of a criminal organization dedicated to money laundering and that would have operated from 2014 to 2022, laundering more than 1.5 million euros through a network of companies based in Mallorca.
As reported by the National Police this Tuesday in a press release, the three people were arrested this Monday and will be brought to justice in an Investigative Court in Palma in the next few hours.
The first suspect, a former employee of a banking entity, was already arrested last summer as allegedly responsible for misappropriation after the bank he worked for discovered that he had made just over one and a half million euros disappear from the accounts of a wealthy client. foreigner who had placed his trust in this person to the point of letting him manage his accounts.
Initially, the suspect withdrew small amounts of cash, apparently for his personal enjoyment. However, if he had continued to operate in this way, sooner or later he would have raised the alarms of the bank or even those of the public treasury, if he made purchases of vehicles or properties that were impossible to justify with his payroll.
For this reason, he partnered with a couple living in Palma, who had a small business with hardly any activity, and they began to inject money into it, as if it were an investment that the victim was making.
Over time, they created up to four more companies, trying to establish a gym, a hospitality business and even a hotel.
Following the agents’ story, or the accounts of these companies with the victim’s money without awakening all the projects turned out to be a fiasco, but that did not worry these three people excessively to the extent that they could continue raising suspicions and enjoy it.
In this way, the suspects ended up ceasing any real attempt to create viable companies, ceasing to have employees and real activity, and dedicating themselves only to using these companies to move money from one to another, buying vehicles pretending that they were for work but which they then used the suspects, using the cards of these companies to pay for all types of expenses of the detainees, from purchases in supermarkets to trips.
The audacity of the former bank employee reached the point of deceiving the victim to order a transfer of 200,000 euros from an account in a bank in his country and even using accounts of a client of the entity to transfer money from the victim and then withdraw it, facts for which he has also been charged.
The report prepared by the Laundering Group of the National Police in Palma, accredits a lifestyle completely removed from the real income of these people, who have come to own a small fleet of high-end vehicles, up to eight between cars and motorcycles. high displacement.
The investigators have also proven that the suspects had two chalets and a rural property, a pension plan and other investment products that could be seized by an Investigative Court in Palma, to whose disposal they will be handed over in the next few hours.
Likewise, the cessation of activity of the companies used by the suspects and other precautionary measures could be agreed upon to prevent the commission of new crimes.
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