By John Smith • 23 June 2018 • 8:22
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IN an operation conducted by the Guardia Civil, Spanish Tax Agency and Europol, more than €8 million in cash has been seized after 23 properties were raided.
The investigation, which started just over a year ago, studied the illicit importation of different goods from China into the European Union where they were sold without payment of import duties or other taxes and the money was then transferred back to China.
Apart from the €8 million in cash discovered, the investigation also uncovered that funds totalling more than €31 million had been transferred to the money launderer’s Chinese bases.
It is estimated that 75 per cent of all of the profits generated by this illegal activity left the European Union and apart from the arrest of 13 people in Spain, simultaneous raids also took place in Portugal and Romania with Spanish officials being seconded to assist the authorities in those two countries.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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