Police catch money mule network in Latvia

The State Police has ceased the activities of an organized group that provided a professional foreign money laundering service using an extensive money mule network, police said on September 21.

According to the police, the money laundering operation was supported by over 90 money mules: mostly young Latvian residents allowing the use of their bank accounts for the inflow of illegal money and placing it in the hands of criminals in exchange for remuneration.

The investigation showed that more than €555,600 has been laundered in this way, defrauded mainly from Germany.

During the investigation, the State Police detained all members of the criminal group composed of 14 persons, one of whom was a German citizen and the others - Latvian nationals. All the money mules involved are also criminally prosecuted.

The investigation has been completed and the case has been given to the prosecutor's office to initiate criminal proceedings.

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