French Gypsies arrested over tool-sharpening scam

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French police seized six kilos of gold, 16 guns and two luxury cars when they arrested eight Gypsies accused of a massive tool-sharpening scam, officials said on Friday.

Four men and four women of the same family were detained Tuesday in the eastern towns of Strasbourg and Geispolsheim on charges of fraud, extortion, money laundering and falsely claiming social security benefits.

They are accused of swindling at least 104 different companies out of hundreds of thousands of euros by offering to sharpen their machine tools for a very low price but then demanding up to 15 times the quoted price.

When police raided their homes they also seized 21,000 euros (28,000 dollars) in cash along with the six kilos (12 pounds) of gold with an estimated value of 120,000 euros, officials said.

© 2010 AFP

3 Comments To This Article

  • andy burgess posted:

    on 30th June 2014, 18:51:57 - Reply

    They are now in Scotland got the French reg number of there car
  • ian jinks posted:

    on 1st October 2012, 21:08:38 - Reply

    I just got done by them. Got caught Off guard.
  • Mike Gore posted:

    on 11th April 2011, 17:20:26 - Reply

    They are now over here (England) trying it on. They came to my factory offering to sharpen tools