The National Police have arrested 178 people in Malaga in an operation against fraud. The investigation carried out over the last two years has made it possible to dismantle a plot led by two men of Spanish nationality who offered false employment contracts in six fictitious companies in exchange for between 400 and 3,000 euros, which had to be paid in cash. Those who acquired the documentation used it to have access to unemployment assistance, obtain social subsidies, facilitate the third degree of prison, apply for bank loans or, in the case of foreigners, regularize their administrative situation. It is estimated that the fraud exceeds one million euros.
Baptized as Operation Denerys, The investigation began in 2019 after the National Police detected a false employment contract while processing a temporary residence permit and employment for a woman of Russian nationality. The document led them to an address in Malaga that, after registration, allowed the agents to accumulate a lot of information. Once analyzed, they were able to learn of the existence of a corporate network aimed at defrauding Social Security. And, also, he gave them several clues to be pulling the thread.
Little by little, they found out that those responsible for the plot were two men, of Spanish nationality and family members, who had formed half a dozen commercial companies through different agencies. Later, both registered as self-employed, simulating a non-existent commercial activity. Those responsible used the companies as support to offer fraudulent employment contracts. The documentation included a clause that explained that the contractors would carry out work for large commercial chains, something that was ultimately false.
The two leaders registered in Social Security anyone who paid them. According to the National Police, there were people interested in being discharged to later access the collection of unemployment benefits, as well as different subsidies and social aid. In other cases, it served as a way to reach the third prison degree or to obtain personal bank loans and even acquire long-term financed products. In the case of foreign citizens, they used the documentation to regularize their administrative situation in Spain.
The front companies were used to irregularly manage 80 unemployment benefits with a value greater than 413,000 euros, according to information from the National Police. Those in charge of the plot also registered almost two hundred registrations in the Social Security, causing an economic damage to the public accounts of more than 700,000 euros. The operation – led by investigators from the Provincial Foreigners and Borders Brigade of the Central Unit for Illegal Immigration and Document Falsehood Networks (UCRIF) – has culminated in the arrest of 178 people implicated, who are charged with the crimes of falsification of documents. , fraud to Social Security and against the Public Treasury.