Migrants conned out for EUR2m for bogus jobs
23 March 2007, MADRID - Spanish police arrested five suspected members of a ring that defrauded more than 3,500 immigrants out of EUR 2 million.
23 March 2007
MADRID - Spanish police arrested five suspected members of a ring that defrauded more than 3,500 immigrants out of EUR 2 million.
They offered Latin American migrants false job-placement services and swindled them out of the cash.
The ring offered apparent work contracts at several companies in Spain, requiring job seekers to deposit EUr 464 from their countries of origin in one of the organization's accounts just to set the job-placement process in motion.
The arrests were made in Madrid and Murcia and it is estimated that the criminal network defrauded its victims out of some EUR 2m.
The investigation began in February 2006 after several complaints were filed in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
The ring contacted business owners who were in need of workers and requested that they allow the network to use the name of their company in the job offers.
Workers were recruited in their countries of origin by the organization, which claimed it would handle all of the different immigration procedures required.
After the initial charge, the recruited workers had to pay another EUR 800 for an airline ticket and other fees.
Once in Spain, had to shell out hundreds of euros more for insurance and other expenses, bringing the total cost of the criminal network's "services" to roughly EUR 2,000.
But the victims of the scheme gradually discovered that the process of completing the immigration procedures was very slow and that the possibility of their being hired was slipping away.
The number of people who eventually obtained their work and residency permits through this network was less than 30.
The business owners contacted by the organization regarding job openings, meanwhile, said they had received no subsequent information about the people who were supposedly going to work for them.
The ring had a complex business structure in Spain that was headed and coordinated by a company that in turn had three separate divisions.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news