General police inspectorate announced the disclosure of a criminal network specializing in counterfeiting.
Operational police actions prevented the introduction into circulation of Moldova the false banknotes.
The criminal group was within the law enforcement line of sight for 9 months. In order to identify all the members of the group, it was required to enter into it an undercover police officer.
In 2015, the officer bought the first batch of counterfeit notes from one of the members of the group, and in March this year acquired another 10 000 counterfeit euro. Price of the counterfeit notes constituted of 30% from the price of originals. Police determined that banknotes were imported from the European Union.
On March 22 this year, one member of the group was arrested at the parking lot in Chisinau at the time of the transfer to officer 20 000 counterfeit euro banknotes of 50 euro. Subsequently, were detained two more members of the group, engaged in the sale of counterfeit money.
In the houses of the suspects were made the searches, during which were found 43 000 lei and 240 euro, the proceeds of the sale of counterfeit banknotes and marijuana.
Based on this evidence the police have detained members of the group for 30 days. Age of criminals ranges from 26 to 35 years old and they all live in Chisinau.
According to the materials of the investigation was initiated a criminal case under article 236 paragraph 2 of the Criminal code of the Republic of Moldova «production and issuing of counterfeit currency and securities». As a punishment, the criminals can get from 7 to 15 years in prison.
The police are still investigating to determine the identity of all members of the criminal network and bring them to criminal responsibility.