Criminal network dismantled in Granada province

Image of a Guardia Civil vehicle. Credit: Guardia Civil

Guardia Civil investigators have dismantled a criminal network operating scams in Granada province 

The Guardia Civil, as part of ‘Operation Pepicolabis’, has dismantled a criminal network that swindled €55,000 from at least 18 people in the province of Granada since last August 2021.

In this operation, officers have so far arrested three people, all with police records, as alleged the perpetrators of the crimes of fraud, discovery and disclosure of secrets, and usurpation of marital status. Among those arrested is the ringleader of the network, a former insurance broker.

A fourth member of the gang has also been identified, whose whereabouts are still unknown. This criminal network paid for the purchase of computer equipment through a well-known internet portal with quick credits in the name of the victims.

Two of the members of this gang were workers in a game room and took advantage of their work to ask customers for their DNI. They subsequently made a copy of the identity card, which they then passed on to the head of their criminal network.

Falsified payslips in the name of the victims, were used for the purchase of computer products. They financed the purchase with a fast consumer credit, making purchases of up to €3,000, the maximum they could finance.

As the delivery address of the packages, the gang put fictitious homes in the Granada municipalities of Loja and Huetor Tajar. The fourth member of the gang was the one who was later in charge of contacting the parcel company to pick up the packages personally.

On February 4, 2022, a resident of Loja reported that he had just received a phone call from a bank notifying him of a debt of €3,000 for a consumer loan that he had of course not requested. A person in the said financial entity informed him that someone using his ID had applied for the credit last November.

Guardia Civil investigators in Loja have found that there were 18 victims in the province of Granada. The criminal network was behind the scams, and the first loans had been requested in August 2021, as reported by granadadigital.es.

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