A trio of Pakistanis has just been arrested by the judicial police. For some time now, these men opened fake accounts in the region’s banks.
The scam was very well put together and could have gone on for a very long time. Three men ended up being arrested this Friday, October 15, in the act in Toulouse when they tried to rip off a bank. These Pakistanis, one of whom is a homeless man who speaks good French, were not at their first attempt.
For 500 €, the two “brains” used their French-speaking compatriot to whom he entrusted an Italian passport so that he could open a bank account. He would go to the establishments and obtain a card.
This Friday, at the exit of the bank, as usual, the two men grabbed the card and took back the passport. But, this time, the investigators of the territorial direction of the judicial police were there. The crooks were arrested and taken into custody.
The scam consisted of opening different accounts in several banks. On these, they deposited checks that they had stolen. The accounts were credited and the money quickly withdrawn.
There is a delay of several days between depositing a check and verifying the issuer’s creditworthiness. When the banks noticed that the account from this check had been issued was not funded, the sums were definitely lost.
The trio was preparing to crack down in Toulouse after having notably scoured the Aveyron where it would have taken over nearly € 300,000 and put the banks on alert. During the searches, the investigators discovered 2,500 € in the vehicle they were using, but also a large number of mobile phones intended to operate banking operations.
They are suspected of having acted in several departments of Occitanie and other regions of France.
At the end of their police custody on Sunday, the three men, aged 22, 24 and 31, were referred and indicted for fraud by an organized gang. One of the three men, defended by Me Morgane Dupoux, was until now unknown to justice.
A judicial investigation was opened in order to know the extent of this so-called “cavalry” swindle. The three suspects were imprisoned by the liberty and detention judge.