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May 18, 2021
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Searches at group suspected of economic crimes in the area of foreign company auditing

The Police searched Thursday morning addresses in Bucharest, Ilfov and Bacau Counties, targeting a group suspected of fraud and money laundering, operating in the area of international company auditing, headed by a Greek national wanted by the Austrian and French authorities.

The Romanian Police informs by a press release that the Department for the Investigation of Economic Crime workers, coordinated by the Prosecutor’s Office of Bucharest Tribunal, conduct searches at 11 addresses in Bucharest and Ilfov and Bacau Counties to dismantle an international criminal network specialising in fraud and money laundering in the area of international company auditing. Three warrants have been issued to bring in the suspects in the case.

According to the quoted source, two Romanian companies are also involved, as they have used their accounts opened with several banks for dissimulating the illicit origin of the funds obtained by misleading the management of companies in France. The criminal group was headed by a Greek national who is wanted by the French and Austrian authorities.

The investigators also say that the criminal activities were conducted in July-August 2014 and that there are indications suggesting the offences were committed in the national territory of several states, such as France, Germany, Austria, China and Cyprus.

Investigations have determined that substantial sums (approximately EUR 670,000) were transferred, via the concerned companies, to persons in the international network, the money obtained in that way being re-introduced into the licit flow by bank transfers supported by fictitious commercial agreements.

The Police have been supported by the Romanian Intelligence Service during the investigations.

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