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Prosecutor's office detects transnational crimes in four countries

By Liza Mchedlidze
Thursday, November 10, 2022
According to the prosecutor's office, with the involvement of representatives of the competent agencies of seven countries, a transnational crime was detected on the territory of four countries at the same time.

According to the agency, about 60 employees of the Federal Republic of Germany and 300 employees of the law enforcement agencies of Georgia participated in the large-scale event, which was prepared together with international partners for several months.

"In the framework of the event, the search of five so-called 'call centers', dozens of individuals, their apartments, cars and workplaces took place. Hundreds of electronic carriers of information, documents and a large amount of money were seized. At the same time, property obtained through criminal means and funds placed in bank accounts were confiscated.

Within the scope of the large-scale measure, at the first stage criminal prosecution has been initiated in different countries against a certain part of the organizers of the crime, one of the organizers of the criminal group has been arrested in Georgia.

According to the information obtained by the investigation at this stage, the activities of the criminal group include establishment of companies in different countries, including Georgia, and arranging call centers.

The prosecutor's office detected fraudulent appropriation of millions of euros belonging to citizens of the EU member states, including the Federal Republic of Germany, through the mentioned call centers and subsequently laundering them. By the members of the so-called criminal group for the operation of the call center, electronic trading platforms were created under different brand names, which ensured the placement of fraudulently obtained funds from customers to the bank accounts of fictitious enterprises.

According to the agency, as a result of cooperation with German colleagues, prosecution of similar crimes has been initiated by the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia. To 36 individuals and 2 legal entities involved in the activity of call centers.