Twenty held for laundering cash through bars

27th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 November 2006, MADRID — Police in Tenerife arrested more than 20 people on Monday in connection with a money laundering swindle linked to restaurants and bars.

27 November 2006

MADRID — Police in Tenerife arrested more than 20 people on Monday in connection with a money laundering swindle linked to restaurants and bars.

The Spanish head of the gang was among those arrested by Civil Guard officers.

Bars and restaurants on the island were raided by officers from the Organised Crime Unit in the Canary Islands.

Police believe a dozen establishments have been used to launder cash from crime.

Among those bars raided was one which police said had no health licence.

In others, the food was not fit for human consumption, according to police sources.

The suspects are also accused of falsification of documents, public health offences and contravening employment laws.

Police are investigating if the accused have also broken tax laws.

Sources close to the investigation said some of the bars or restaurants were registered in the names of employees so as to try to avoid legal responsibility for any alleged crimes.

But the employees knew nothing of this.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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