Members of the Investigation Team of the Civil Guard of Tobarra (Albacete), within the operation ‘3BIS’, have arrested a married couple of 40 and 41 years old, neighbors of the Tobarra district of Cordovilla, as alleged perpetrators of 21 crimes of fraud consummated, 2 attempted, as well as 14 crimes of identity theft, whose
victims were residents of the provinces of Albacete and Murcia, mainly.
The investigations began at the beginning of April 2021, when two people reported to the Tobarra Civil Guard that unknown perpetrators had supplanted their identities to later acquire different products and services for
value of more than 32,000 euros, the Armed Institute has informed in a press release.
As a result of these complaints, the Benemérita focused the investigations on two people, residents of Cordovilla, who would have had access to the identity documents of the victims, verifying how these people had made numerous sales of different products – kitchen robots, mobile phones , game consoles, jewelery – apparently new, in a second-hand goods buying and selling establishment in the town of Murcia.
The modus operandi used by the arrested couple was
pretend they were selling second-hand items online, Mainly during the acute phase of the pandemic, requesting images of the victims’ ID cards with the excuse of processing the sale of the items and justifying the displacement in full period of restriction of citizen mobility due to COVID-19.
However, the action carried out by the detained persons was to use these identity documents, obtained by deception, to open current accounts in banking entities, online, in addition to contracting telephone lines on behalf of those affected, with which they also they obtained the mobile terminals.
Subsequently, impersonating the victims, and using these accounts and mobile phones, they contacted telemarketing companies and bought, through financing, all kinds of effects.
Once the products were obtained, they were transferred to the town of Murcia and proceeded to sell them, obtaining the economic profit and charging the victims with the debt contracted with the sales companies, amounting to more than 32,000 euros.
Registry, intervened effects and clarified crimes
During the exploitation phase of the ‘3BIS’ operation, the Civil Guard carried out a search of the detainees’ homes, where four mobile phones were tapped with which these people committed the criminal offenses under investigation.
With the arrest of these people, the Civil Guard considers a total of 21 crimes of fraud completed, 2 to be attempted, as well as 14 crimes of identity theft.
The proceedings conducted by the Investigation Team of the Tobarra Civil Guard, together with the detainees, were made available to the Investigative Court number three of Hellín, acting as guard duty.
The operation remains open, not ruling out new arrests related to the events investigated, as well as the clarification of more crimes of fraud and identity theft committed by the detainees.