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The Civil Guard dismantles a criminal plot dedicated to scams in the automotive field (06/06/2017)

12 people have been investigated as alleged perpetrators of crimes of misappropriation, fraud, misappropriation and documentary misrepresentation

One of the victims acquired a batch of judicial intervention vehicles, whose destination was destruction

Another victim deposited several tractor heads for repair that were not returned

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, within the framework of the operation 'CHAPADOS', has developed an investigation aimed at clarifying alleged scams in the automotive field, which has allowed to dismantle a criminal plot with 12 people investigated as alleged authors of the Offenses of improper embezzlement, fraud, misappropriation and documentary misrepresentation.

The investigation began when a person of African origin reported to the Benemérita to have been the victim of a scam, in the purchase of a lot of vehicles, one of which never came to his power.

Shortly afterwards, a transport company reported that he had deposited three tractor heads and a semi-trailer for repair in a Lorquí machine shop, which were not returned to him.

Both complainants identified as alleged perpetrators of the events to several people and companies that, investigated by the agents, were related to each other by having a common facilities, a workshop ship located in an industrial estate in Lorquí.

The investigations carried out for the location of the tourism acquired by the first complainant allowed to find out that the lot had been intervened judicially, as well as that it was pending destruction in a recycling establishment located in the hamlet Lorca de La Hoya.

The civil guards found that although there was documentation of their future destruction, the vehicles never entered the aforementioned waste management plant, where two people were investigated as alleged perpetrators of fraud.

La Benemérita found that the other vehicles in the possession of the complainant were protected by falsified documents, as well as that they had been acquired through two companies located in the towns of Mazarrón and Orihuela (Alicante).

The investigators inquired about these mercantiles and verified that they appeared in the name of some of the suspects, among them the owner of the workshop of Lorquí, although they were in situation of insolvency and therefore inactive.

The Civil Guard obtained from the Mercantile Register information about their activity, which enabled them to find out that they had been used, as a screen company, to invoice the sale and the procedures for lowering and transferring the vehicles, in a fraudulent way.

The investigation continued with the objective of locating the tractor heads and the semi-trailer deposited in the workshop of Lorquí, where the civil guards did not find documents that accredited their entrance.

The head of the company, the principal investigator, offered the civil guards different versions on the whereabouts of the vehicles, such as the absence of the persons in charge of their custody and the lack of registration of vehicles entering and leaving the workshop with the Supposed intention to evade its responsibility.

Subsequent investigations revealed that one of these tractors had been sold to a company located in El Raal-Murcia, where it was located and recovered.

The investigation carried out by the Guardia Civil has made it possible to find out that the alleged criminal plot leader, with a large criminal record for crimes of the same nature, used other people in his work to perform the various criminal tasks such as recruitment Of customers and forgery of documents.

The operation 'CHAPADOS' has culminated in the identification of 12 people 10 men and two women, aged between 26 and 63 years who have been investigated as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of improper embezzlement, fraud, misappropriation and documentary misrepresentation .

The investigated persons of Molina de Segura, Murcia, El Raal-Murcia, La Hoya-Lorca (2) and Fortuna (3) the investigations, as well as the recovered vehicles have been made available to the Court of Instruction number 3 of Molina Of Segura (Murcia).

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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