Gang made EUR24m in fake driving licence scam
28 April 2005, MADRID-More than 100 driving schools across Spain are to be closed after a police investigation uncovered a EUR 24 million scam in false driving licences.
28 April 2005
MADRID-More than 100 driving schools across Spain are to be closed after a police investigation uncovered a EUR 24 million scam in false driving licences.
The fraudsters had passed 12,000 drivers and taken cash in return for making sure they got through the test.
Twenty-four people have been arrested in connection with the police operation codenamed Cutlet.
The majority of those arrested ran driving schools and formed part of a large gang which had carried out bogus driving tests to make sure drivers passed.
The police operation started in May last year after the Guardia Civil discovered a series of irregularities in the theory exams for driving licences in Ceuta, the Spanish province in north Africa.
They later discovered that candidates received the answers to the exams through their mobile phones.
Police later found the same fraud had been carried out in 18 other provinces of Spain, including Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Granada, Cordoba, Jaen, Girona, Barcelona, Ourense, Pontevedra, Leon, Cantabria, Madrid, Ciudad Real, Soria, Albacete and La Rioja.
The fees for the bogus tests varied from EUR 1,200 to EUR 3,000 each time, depending on how important the test was to the candidate.
The gang were said to have made up to EUR 24m.
In raids throughout the country, police seized 500 computers and EUR 300,000 in cash.
It is not known how long the scam had been going on.
The police operation was ongoing and sources said more arrests were expected.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news