Two Arrested after Million-Euro Zoo fraud

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Two employees at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium have been arrested on suspicion of swindling more than a million Euros in ticket sales.

Reports detail the two men began to steal the money little by little from as early as 2013. The pair working together, one a technician manipulated software at the Zoo’s ticket office issuing entry passes which were authentic allowing the customer into the zoo but bypassed the software showing any sales of tickets and pocketing the cash.

The deceitful duo also managed to re-programme card payments, using a data phone and transferring funds directly to a private bank account, without the need to use the Zoo’s card payment system.

Acting cautiously the pair ensuring they were not caught out by their employers were limiting their daily scamming. The police were alerted only when a colleague realised what they were up to.

Once arrested and detained, the men admitted to stealing 1,168,147 Euros by selling tickets which were subsequently not registered into the system. The majority of the money, which had been hidden in a safe-deposit box has since been recovered by police.

Sources confirm that the men have been employees at the zoo for some time, although Madrid Zoo Aquarium has declined to comment, as the investigation is still underway.

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