This is how the voucher scams operated
The purchase of 400 latest generation cell phones, through the fraudulent method to which they were accustomed, meant the end of the voucher scams and their criminal operations. This criminal organization, which was the terror of department stores and businessmen, amassed – according to the National Police of Peru (PNP) – almost 10 million soles with false checks and payment vouchers.
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Last Wednesday, November 22, law enforcement agents captured five of its alleged members, who would be criminally prosecuted for being involved in the commission of a crime against public faith and a crime against property. Their fraudulent checks and vouchers allowed them to seize 400 LED televisions, 200 Play Station 5 and dozens of bottles of the best whiskeys from Saga Falabella and other commercial establishments.
“After an intelligence and criminal investigation process, it has been possible to recover these 400 cell phones that were destined to be ‘flashed’ previously to give them a use related to extortion. This criminal organization, dedicated to fraudulent vouchers, allows us to alert the population, the entrepreneur and the big businessman that this type of crime is going to intensify during the end-of-year holidays,” warned PNP Colonel José Cruz, head of the Division. of Scam Investigation.
Members of the Scams and Other Fraud Investigation Division intervened against five individuals who were alleged to be members of the voucher trafficking criminal gang. (PNP)
The investigations showed that the voucher scammers used checks that came from canceled accounts to deceive the counterparty. These allowed them to generate an accounting balance in the accounts of commercial premises and business owners, but they modified them to pass them off as a cash deposit and complete the purchase. With the products already owned by the criminals, the sellers did not see a single thing of what was supposedly deposited or transferred.
“This has happened to a department store that has the necessary controls and we are also registering that it has affected entrepreneurs. They made the amount appear as an accounting balance, but after 48 hours the bank gave notice that it was a forged check,” said Colonel Cruz.
According to the Police, this criminal organization had been operating for two years, mainly in Lima. Not only was he dedicated to defrauding with fake checks, but he usurped the name of large companies to defraud small and medium-sized businessmen. Among the others affected are poultry owners with purchases of thousands of soles in turkeys and bakeries with the acquisition of hundreds of panettones.
According to police investigations, the members of this criminal gang posed as formal companies to defraud their victims. (FBI)
The authorities did not rule out that this criminal chain also includes personnel from the same financial entities in complicity with the voucher rackets.
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“What this modality does is use several companies that are legally constituted and take their name to make purchases. And given the diversity and the large amount of daily sales management that these department stores have, they have not been able to realize this; However, it is not ruled out that there are more people involved,” explained the senior police officer.
Jhon Denis Lingan Lllanos (with a record of robbery and aggravated robbery), William Alexander Ramírez Chávez (also with a record), Henry Solier Junco, Adonis Morón Ochoa and Beiker Jose Medina are the names of the five detained by the Police.