Two people arrested for selling forged bank notes on social media

Two people arrested for selling forged bank notes on social media

The investigation is ongoing

TWO people were arrested in Almonte, Huelva, for allegedly selling forged bank notes on social media.

In a National Police operation codenamed Aldeano, carried out in collaboration with Europol with the aim of preventing forged currency from entering circulation, 18 people were identified who had purchased forged currency.

The investigation began when police detected a private profile on social media allegedly selling false bank notes with more than 1,620 subscribers.

They found videos and images of the forged notes, security devices and pages with the pseudonym they used printer on it.

With the help of Europol, the National Police discovered the sellers were Romanian citizens living in Almonte.

Their clients paid through bank transfers and instant payment systems.

When their houses were searched, forged €10 and €50 notes were found, as well as €5,860 in real money.

The investigation, which began in November, is ongoing as the police are investigating the accounts, computers and mobile phones which have been seized in order to identify at least seventy more people throughout Spain.

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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.