Underworld leader Clamparu’s ‘lieutenant’ included.
Organised Crime and Terrorism Directorate (DIICOT) prosecutors and Police officers yesterday conducted a total of 21 house searches in Prahova and Bucharest where 35 were taken into custody. Among them, one of Ion Clamparu’s trusted men, Nicolai Barsan, and Prahova underworld head Nicolae Manea. The two were leading organised criminal groups specializing in cyber-crime and electronic payment means forgery.
MSR bank card reading and writing devices, skimmers, memories, hard-disks, laptops, money transfer documents, large sums of money and luxury vehicle papers were seized during the searches organized yesterday.
In one of the two organized crime heads’ home, 16 people were found gambling in a hidden room. Investigators claim that, from 2008 to 2010, the two organized criminal groups have operated in several EU countries (the Czech Republic, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Poland) as well as Australia, where they were swapping illegally-acquired IT data, equipment and software, causing a total damage of approximately EUR 600,000. Given the complexity of the case and in order to complete evidence gathered against suspects, the Romanian authorities have asked the relevant judicial authorities of the states where the groups were known to have operated to execute rogatory commissions.
Investigations have revealed the fact that, since 2008, the member of the criminal groups had been mounting card skimmers to collect data that was then re-written to blank cards used to fraudulently withdraw funds. Investigators say a majority of the members of the criminal groups have an offending history both in the country and abroad.