Prosecutors and policemen conducted 47 house searches in Bucharest and the Ilfov, Constanta, Vaslui, Bacau and Arges counties, in order to apprehend Romanian and foreign citizens that acted both in Romania as well as in Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. The case concerns the dismantling of a group made up of 55 persons specializing in IT crimes, a group that caused damages of approximately USD 12.6 M.
Up until now the searches have resulted in the discovery and impounding of over EUR 150,000, two kilograms of gold bars, paintings and laptops.
According to the investigators, the group targeted banks in the United States and Oman. The aforementioned source points out that once a member of the crime group managed to break the bank’s protection system the data from cards attached to the bank accounts of large corporations were copied, and then the cards were cloned and distributed to other gang members, Mediafax informs.
The cash withdrawal operation was well organized and took place in a certain period, the suspects choosing public holidays. Moreover, according to investigators, the cash was withdrawn simultaneously in several localities in Romania as well as in other European states.
For example, USD 3.6 M was withdrawn on Romania’s territory on 2 December 2013, then USD 9 M was withdrawn on Japan’s territory on 20 December 2013. Overall, the group caused damages in excess of USD 12.6 M.
The searches were conducted by the Romanian General Police Inspectorate’s Bucharest Bureau for the Combating of Organized Crime and the Service for Combating IT Criminality, with the support of the Romanian Intelligence Service, DIPI, DOS and the Romanian Gendarmerie.