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The Civil Guard arrests a Murcian couple for defrauding, allegedly, in the purchase of almost 75,000 kgs of citrus (05/06/2020)

| The couple, residing in Blanca (Murcia), had a rented industrial warehouse in Cox (Alicante), from which they carried out the scams | The Civil Guard has arrested two people in Cox for being the alleged authors of a continued crime of fraud, in the sale of 42,000 kg of lemon, in the verna category, for the amount of 11,000 euros and 32,250 kg of oranges, of the navel powell category, for an amount of 6,020 euros. The investigation began when two people went to the offices of the Civil Guard of Callosa de Segura and those of Jacarilla to file complaints; one for an alleged crime of scam in the sale of 42,000 kgs of lemon, in the Verna category, for an amount of about 11,000 euros and the other, also for another alleged scam, this time in the purchase of 32,250 kgs of oranges, the navel powell category, for an amount of 6,020 Euros. The Team in charge of the investigation of robberies in the field (ROCA) of the Torrevieja Civil Guard Company took over the investigation efforts, as they are the specialist in this type of crime, committed on agricultural and livestock farms. The alleged perpetrators contacted their future victims, informing them that they were representatives of a company, with registered office in Blanca (Murcia).

After specifying the price of the citrus and delivering the corresponding purchase contract, they agreed with the farmers to pay the entire product, a payment that would be made, supposedly, through the delivery of promissory notes, once the cut and collection of the product were completed. On some occasions, they left a small amount of money, as a deposit and in others, after gaining the trust of the farmers, that deposit was not even necessary. The investigators verified that, despite the fact that the registered office of the aforementioned company was in Blanca, those responsible for it carried out the various scams from an industrial warehouse, located in the Alicante town of Cox, and were able to verify that the warehouse lacked signs that identified her or her activity, in fact, rather it seemed a ship closed to the public, not observing movement in it, neither of people nor of possible vehicles, loading / unloading any product. The agents were able to verify that the modus operandi of those investigated always followed the same pattern: they pretended to work for a solvent company, which they represented commercially, acting nominally in the market, acquiring the normally perishable merchandise from suppliers for This is easy and quick to market (fruits, vegetables, etc.), achieving a purchase at a lower price than the real one, which allowed them to obtain immediate cash. Subsequently, they proposed to pay it in installments, usually after it was cut and collected from the field, for which they used checks or promissory notes, associated with different bank accounts, but always with the intention of not attending to future payments, on the due date. There has been a case of "disappearing", cutting off all communication with the scammed person and even using the excuse of having closed the company. For all this, the agents of the ROCA Team proceeded to the entry and search of the aforementioned Cox industrial warehouse, resulting in the arrest of a man and a woman, Spaniards of 37 and 45 years, for being the alleged perpetrators of a crime continued scam. The marriage was released, being investigated, awaiting trial. Investigated for filing a false complaint Also in Jacarilla, the Civil Guard has arrested, on Tuesday, June 2, a 58-year-old woman, of English nationality, for being the alleged perpetrator of a crime of fraud, attempted and another simulation of crime. The alleged victim denounced in police offices having suffered two charges on his credit card, of about 140 euros in total, corresponding to two cash withdrawals. After making various inquiries, the agents verified that it was the complainant herself who carried out these operations, at a Vistabella ATM. The detainee was released, as an investigator, awaiting trial. It is worth noting the seriousness of filing a complaint, knowing that it is false, thereby simulating a crime that, in reality, has not taken place.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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