Criminal group sent to court for circulation of counterfeit currency
15:05 | 10.08.2021 Category: Social
Chisinau, 10 August /MOLDPRES/- Officers of Center Investigation Directorate of the National Investigation Inspectorate of the IGP, under the leadership of the Prosecutor's Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases (PCCOCS), managed to document an organized criminal group specializing in the circulation of counterfeit US dollars, with a nominal value of 50 and 100. The criminal investigation into four people has been completed, the case being sent to the court.
The defendants are men aged between 24 and 34, from Chisinau and Calarasi and Glodeni districts. Previously, they were convicted of various crimes.
"On the basis of the evidence gathered, it was possible to uncover the actions for the circulation of counterfeit money - actions which lasted for a period of about 6 months and manifested themselves in the illegal payment of cars, agricultural machinery, large quantities and food. The criminal activity was carried out mainly in the rural areas of the country. The counterfeit banknotes were of a high quality, which allowed the defendants to carry out foreign exchange operations at authorized economic agents ", the police said.
About 20 cases were connected to the basic file handled by the PCCOCS and, respectively, it was possible to identify the illegal operations, with the removal from the civil circuit of the counterfeit banknotes, repersenting over 10,000 US dollars.
According to the criminal law, the circulation of counterfeit money by members of organized criminal groups is punishable by imprisonment from 7 to 15 years.