On 28th April the Metropolitan Command PSP, through the Police Division of Sintra, arrested four men aged between 23 and 29 years old, following the execution of six house search warrants in the area

Following an investigation that lasted a few months ago, the PSP obtained several search warrants in Mem-Martins area to conduct the operation during which the following items were seized;

– 13,800 doses of suspected Hashish ;
– 10 does of suspected Cocaine ;
– 3 gr. amphetamine;
– 2 precision scales;
– 1 Knuckle duster;
– 1 Taser;
– 11,000 € in cash;
– 3 Cars;
– Several mobile phones and cards to use;
– Diverse material used in cutting and drug packaging.

The detainees, two of whom had already served time for the same type of crime, and one of them is serving a sentence on probation, appeared at the Judicial Court of Lisbon West District, for 1st Judicial Interrogation and application of the respective remand/reporting conditions.



The Italian Financial Police (Guardia di Finanza), supported by Europol, arrested on 28th April 2015, 10 members of a transnational criminal group. The criminals, mainly Nigerian citizens, were involved in laundering the proceeds of online fraud, amounting to over EUR 2.5 million.

More than 130 police officers were involved in the operation, supported by experts from Europol’s Financial Intelligence Group and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), leading to 10 arrests and 32 searches in different locations.

Hundreds of individuals and tens of companies in Europe and beyond have become victims of the sophisticated techniques employed by the criminal group via so-called payment diversion fraud and Internet romance scams.

With payment diversion fraud, fraudsters hijack a company’s means of communication and provide company staff in charge of payments with different account details for suppliers or customers. Money is therefore inadvertently transferred to bank accounts controlled by the criminal group members who then send the money abroad and ultimately withdraw it as cash.

With the second type of fraud – romance scams – fraudsters target victims by creating fake profiles on legitimate Internet dating websites. They then gain the interest and trust of their victims and feed them with false information, to convince them to send money.

Law enforcement analysed thousands of financial transactions to reconstruct the money flows and their destinations across several jurisdictions. The criminal group relied on a network of accomplices who operated a sort of coordinated ‘bank run’ within a few hours in order to make withdrawals in cash from the bank accounts chosen as final destinations.

Head of Europol’s Financial Intelligence Group, Igor Angelini, said: “Criminals, too, operate in a completely integrated financial environment in Europe and beyond. Money can travel as fast as digital data across many jurisdictions and eventually become ready-to-use cash in the hands of fraudsters thousands of kilometres away from the money’s criminal origin. Sharing and combining the financial intelligence available in the different Member States is the only way to tackle large-scale money laundering. Europol’s Financial Intelligence Group is here to support European countries with this challenge.”

The deployment of a Europol team in Turin, Italy, assisted Guardia di Finanza officers with real-time intelligence analysis and technical support, which aided the identification of transnational links.


Interpol has issued global arrest warrants for the 100 most-wanted corrupt Chinese officials who have fled overseas, 60 percent of whom allegedly committed bribery and graft, in what is China’s heaviest global crackdown on exiles in history.

Acting on the top-level red notice issued by Interpol China National Central Bureau, all 190 Interpol member states will carry out the warrant through their networks, issuing suspects’ information to their law enforcement departments and immigration departments, said Duan Daqi with Interpol’s China Bureau.

Interpol has published the suspects’ detailed personal information, including personal profile, ID number and birth date on their website to strengthen public involvement in hunting them. China Daily newspaper (China’s State run newspaper) has published the full list and details which can be viewed here

The International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, is an intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation. It is the second largest international organization after the United Nations in terms of international representation.

“Most of the 100 Chinese fugitives are corrupt officials, and the suspects are accused of alleged graft issues, including embezzlement, abusing power, corruption and bribery,” said a senior official at the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection who declined to reveal his name.

The fugitives still at large include Yang Xiuzhu, former deputy director of the Zhejiang Provincial Construction Bureau, who fled to the US under suspicion of embezzling 250 million yuan ($40.3 million); Li Huabo, former senior official in the financial bureau of Poyang county, Jiangxi province, who immigrated to Singapore, was accused of embezzling 94 million yuan; and Huang Yurong, former vice-chairman of Henan Provincial Highway Development, who fled to the US under allegations of bribery.

Most of the 100 Chinese fugitives, who include 23 women, have probably escaped to the United States and Canada. The Ministry of Public Security is requesting that these countries assist in extraditing the fugitives to China to face trial.

In recent years, many corrupt Chinese officials have fled overseas to avoid punishment, transferring hundreds of millions of yuan through money laundering and underground banks.

The arrest of the 100 officials is an important part of the “Sky Net” action, initiated in early April to target corrupt officials on the run abroad, especially in the US, Canada and Australia.

During the action, the ministry will work closely with the People’s Bank of China to monitor the suspicious flow of funds remitted to foreign accounts, while enhancing efforts to combat the offshore companies and underground banks to prevent suspects from illegally transferring large amounts of funds abroad.

In addition, the ministry will cooperate with related authorities to investigate passports of government officers.


Countries that offer special visa investment schemes are potential targets for corrupt Chinese officials illegally transferring large amounts of money overseas.


French police (OCLCTIC)1 supported by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) have arrested 18 members of a criminal gang who were illegally using modified, ’ghost’ point-of-sale (POS) terminals. The terminals were used to copy and store magnetic strip card data and confidential PIN codes, and then to steal at least EUR 3 million from victims’ accounts. Of the 18 arrestees, 12 were imprisoned after the final raids last week.

The ghost POS terminals were modified by the criminal gang who skimmed and then cloned the cards of unsuspecting customers. The customers handed over their cards, thinking that they were making payments; however the fake devices were off-line and had never been connected to a bank payment network. Instead, the devices copied the customers’ card data, printed fake receipts for them and their cards were then cloned. Alternatively, the customers were not given a fake receipt but informed of a ‘connection error’. Their card was still skimmed and they were then asked for another means of payment.

Forensic analysis of the devices has revealed a highly sophisticated crime. French investigators have disclosed the technical manipulation of the hardware and POS software which actually enables the use of POS as a ghost terminal and for data compromising.

The fake terminals were used in taxi cabs and discount stores to skim card data, and then fraudulent money withdrawals were later made using cloned cards in the Miami area of the United States, Dubai, and in Thailand.