A group that usurped the details of a resident of Águilas to buy telephones and contract services is dismantled

Image of a phone tapped during the operation
Image of a phone tapped during the operation

The Guardia Civil of the Region of Murcia has developed the operation ‘Ocamadi’, an investigation aimed at clarifying an alleged scam, which has culminated in the dismantling of an alleged criminal group, whose four members have been investigated as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of usurpation of civil status and fraud, for a value of more than 10,000 euros.

The investigation began last April, when a resident of the municipality of Águilas reported to the Guardia Civil having been the victim of an alleged scam when she was solicited by a telephone company, with which she had not contracted any type of product, to which she apparently owed a certain amount of money, according to sources from the Benemérita in a statement.

The civil guards contacted the company requesting payment and found out that the total amount of the debt exceeded what the victim herself had reported, more than 10,000 euros.

Investigations revealed that, unbeknownst to the complainant, the most complete television packages offered by the company had been contracted, including access to first-run films, sports channels and even telemedicine services, in addition to the highest rates for Internet access, all valued at 4,200 euros. Thanks to the contracting of these services, they had obtained eight high-end mobile phones, valued at 6,000 euros.

The Guardia Civil gathered all the necessary evidence, which led them to a commercial establishment in the Almeria municipality of Huércal-Overa, an official distributor of the telecommunications company claiming payment, where they found the first suspect, a shop worker allegedly involved in the criminal scheme.

This common thread led the investigators to identify three other people, neighbours of Águilas and Murcia, who, allegedly and together with the first suspect, had orchestrated the deception, discovering that after obtaining the mobile phone terminals they had sold them through online platforms to buyers who were unaware of their illegal origin, both inside and outside the national territory, managing to recover one of the mobile phones fraudulently sold.

Recently, operation ‘Ocamadi’ has culminated in the dismantling of a criminal group, whose four members – three men and a woman, Spanish, aged between 30 and 35 and residents of Águilas, Murcia and Huércal-Overa (Almería) – have been investigated as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of usurpation of civil status and fraud.

The detainees, the effects recovered and the proceedings have been placed at the disposal of the Court of Instruction number 1 of Lorca (Murcia).


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