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Three arrested in Iasi for fraudulent financial transactions and money-laundering

The Iasi Court magistrates pronounced on Saturday evening a 29 days’ preventive arrest decision against the members of an organized crime group specialized in unauthorized financial transfers and money-laundering, arrested last weekend by the Direction for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), after being caught in the act. According to a press release by DIICOT, quoted by Mediafax, the persons arrested are three men who obtained, through hacker attacks, the access data for internet banking accounts belonging to persons in Italy and the US and, logging on to their accounts, made unauthorized banking transfers to the accounts of trading companies owned by the defendants. Subsequently, so as to disguise the illegal way in which they had come by the sums, the money was transferred to other accounts by means of fictitious trading operations or collected in cash by members of the group. The defendants were caught in the act on Friday as they were collecting approx. USD 1 M from a bank in Iasi. The three men hold Moldovan-Ukrainian, Israeli and, respectively, Moldovan citizenship.

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