The National Police have arrested three people accused of defrauding more than 300,000 euro from farmers and suppliers in the Vega Baja area, through a company allegedly involved in the export of oranges, for which products and equipment were acquired without making the required payments.
The investigation started following a complaint from a provider who claimed to have delivered boxes for transporting citrus fruit to the company, with a value in excess of 120,000 euro, but without receiving any payment.
The investigation revealed that the company, located in san miguel de Salinas, was being run by a male, of Italian origin, who had accumulated multiple debts, whilst enjoying a somewhat lavish lifestyle.
As investigators delved deeper into the company and individual, they found that another company had been set up, with similar characteristics to the one under investigation, which seemed to have been involved in a scam whereas machinery and vehicles were acquired, without payment, and immediately sent to Italy to hinder their recovery.
The value of the scams identified is over 300,000 euro, although the police have recovered two fork lift trucks, which they assume to have been heading for Italy, as well as documents supporting their claims.
The research was carried out by the Economic Crime Group of the Provincial Commissariat of Alicante, with arrests taking place in both Alicante and Torrevieja. Of the three arrested, two are Italian and the third is Spanish, and all of them accused of fraud, forgery and misappropriation. Two of them were released after giving evidence and the third was dealt with by the courts.
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