Sunday 18 August 2019

Three arrested in Donegal in Romanian organised crime gang fraud probe

Undated handout photo issued by the Garda of credit cards seized by Garda during the search of a house in Letterkenny, Co Donegal: Garda/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by the Garda of credit cards seized by Garda during the search of a house in Letterkenny, Co Donegal: Garda/PA Wire
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Gardai have busted members of a Romanian organised crime gang suspected of involvement in fraud and credit card scams across Europe.

This morning detectives attached to national garda units along with local officers carried out a search of a house in Letterkenny, Co Donegal where three males were arrested.

The men, aged 31, 24 and 25-years-old, are suspected of being linked to a Romanian organised crime gang who are also being investigated by the PSNI and Europol.

A large amount of items linked to widespread fraud, including cloned credit cards, bank account details, and false Romanian documents were recovered.

Credit cards issued in false names, credit card machines, till tolls and suspected stolen UK and Irish passports and driving licences were recovered as well.

Two cars bought on finance with bank accounts opened in false names have also been seized along with documentation linked to fraud investigations in Northern Ireland.

Undated handout photo issued by the Garda of credit cards and other items seized by Garda during the search of a house in Letterkenny, Co Donegal: Garda/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by the Garda of credit cards and other items seized by Garda during the search of a house in Letterkenny, Co Donegal: Garda/PA Wire

The garda operation was led by members of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) and National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), who were assisted by local gardai in Milford and Letterkenny.

Gardai said that the investigation includes enquiries from Europol, the EU law enforcement agency, and the PSNI.

“The three arrested men are currently detained under Section 50, Criminal Justice Act, 2007 as amended and are detained at Letterkenny and Milford Garda Stations,” a garda spokeswoman said.

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