By Tara Rippin • 03 November 2018 • 9:00
THREE expatriates have been arrested in Formentera del Segura accused of forming an illegal television network that enabled the fraudulent distribution of subscription channels to over 500 foreign customers throughout the Vega Baja.
The three British man, aged 30, 46 and 63, were detained for crimes against public finance, social security, money laundering and belonging to a criminal group.
The illegal network is said to have earned the trio more than €450,000 euros, free of taxes and payments to the public treasury.
The payments are believed to have been laundered through bank movements, always below €3,000, so as not to be detected by the Bank’s auditors.
According to the Guardia Civil, the losses to the TV payment platforms amount to around €10,000-€15,000 euros per month.
All three men have appeared in court and released on police bail.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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