Wanted fraudster arrested in Spanish seaside town

FALSE CLAIMS: The detained man lied to his employers, telling them he was a lawyer and social worker. Photo: National Police

POLICE in Roquetas de Mar arrested a man wanted by the German authorities for fraud.

Germany had issued a European arrest warrant for 68-year old A.G.H.A. in connection with a case dating back to 2005, when he applied to work with an international company based in Frankfurt. He falsely claimed he was a qualified lawyer and social worker, producing fake certificates. The company took him on, paying him nearly €12,000 over six months.

He went on to claim unemployment benefit on a number of occasions in 2006, receiving more than €7,800 euros to which he was not actually entitled.

In 2011 a court in Mainz ordered a two-year, three-month prison sentence for falsifying documents.

International police cooperation led to the fraudster’s location in Roquetas and his arrest.

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