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Madrid woman commits 67 crimes in six months

Police in Madrid have arrested a woman who they said committed 67 crimes within a six month period, using her daughter as accomplice.

Madrid woman commits 67 crimes in six months
Spanish police stand by their van. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP.

The woman was accused of one robbery involving violence and intimidation; another 11 robberies with force; 15 crimes of falsified documents; 15 counts of stolen identity and 25 incidents of scam, according to a report in Spanish newspaper 20minutos reported on Friday.

Police said the woman managed to commit all alleged crimes in less than six months.

El Pais newspaper reported the woman to be 44-year-old María Milagros I. R. of San Blas and her daughter to be Rosa María M. I., 19

El Pais also wrote that the case was still under investigation and the number of crimes could increase.

Police began investigating in November of last year when they learned about various robberies where documents and wallets were stolen from victims and later used to make online purchases, obtain credit and set up telephone lines.

Victims of theft later reported credit card charges from stores or websites they had never visited.

Investigators then started to make the connection between the crimes and were able to locate the women.

El Pais reported that the mother has been arrested previously for similar crimes.

When police went to the woman's house, they found multiple objects from the crimes, including six national identity documents, two computers, four pen drives, a large quantity of the items purchased online, eight phone cards and a falsified work contract.
 
Some of the stolen items had also been sold to third parties.

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Spain busts gang running carbon tax fraud

Spanish police on Tuesday announced they had broken up a criminal gang running a multi-million-euro fraud that dodged import and carbon taxes on the sale of refrigerated greenhouse gases.

Spain busts gang running carbon tax fraud

In a series of raids, police arrested 27 suspects and seized 110 tonnes of different kinds of gas worth €11 million.

The gang specialised in the “illegal traffic in greenhouse gas refrigerants” that damage the ozone layer, said a police spokesman.

The gang brought the gases in from China at the port of Valencia on Spain’s east coast, passing it off as being intended for other destinations such as Jordan, said the statement.

In fact, the refrigerant gases stayed in Spain and were sold in various regions across the country.

The gang exploited the fact that European businesses have the right to transit goods imported from non-EU countries through EU territory — where they are intended for a third country — without having to pay customs duties.

They set up a ghost company in Portugal that was the fictional recipient of the gases from Spain, in case customs agents inspected their goods, said the police statement.

The gas was in fact being sold on the black market in Spain at about three times less than the normal market price.

The gang had got out of paying import duty and paying the tax applied to the European market for carbon quotas, as well as a Spanish tax on greenhouse gas refrigerants.

Spain’s treasury estimates that the fraud cost the taxpayer €3.5 million in tax revenue.

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