Bulgaria’s ‘shepherd scammer’ seized in Spain

Bulgaria's 'shepherd scammer' seized in Spain
The would-be shepherds never saw their Australian dream fulfilled. File photo: Jason Hollinger
A Bulgarian conman who cheated would-be shepherds into paying for non-existent jobs in Australia has been arrested in Spain.

Dimitar Dimitrov P was arrested in the coastal town of Torrevieja, Spanish police said on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old was the subject of an international arrest warrant for his role in scamming Bulgarian jobseekers hoping to find work in Australia as shepherds.

In February 2000, he posted a job ad in the Bulgarian press advertising the desirable positions.

Candidates were asked to fill out a form supposedly created by an Australian Government agency acting as an intermediary between the candidates and farmers.

The would-be shepherds then had to send in their details — and a small fee.

There was just one catch: the jobs didn't exist, and neither did the Australian Government agency.

Some 221 fell victims to the scam, Spanish police said in their statement.

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