Portugal: major false coiners’ gang headed by thief in law disclosed
The name of the ‘thief’ is not disclosed.
The National anti-corruption subdivision of Portugal’s judicial police - along with employees of Europol - carried out a special operation Deep Money, having detained members of Europe’s major gang of false coiners.
The false coiners acted under control of a ‘thief in law’ whose name is not disclosed. He and four other suspects were arrested. With that, the ‘thief’ had been convoyed from Columbia.
The investigation found that during two years, the swindlers printed more than 26 thousand faked banknotes worth of more than €1 million. The money was being sold in the Darknet. The money was found in France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal.
“The faked banknotes were promoted around the main market of the Darknet. Orders were made through private messages or through encrypted platforms of the chat,” the Portugal police statement says.
The police carried out eight searches and seized 1833 faked banknotes worth of around €70 thousand ($77 thousand), as well as various equipment and expendable materials for the manufacturing: computers, printers, protective paper, holograms, self-adhesive holographic ribbons, ultraviolet writing ink, and ink cartridges.