Group accused of extorting EU loans apprehended by Police


The Central Investigative Bureau of Police (CBŚP) took down a criminal group accused of extorting loans from EU funds amounting to more than PLN 68 mln (EUR 15.87 mln).

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More than 300 police officers from CBŚP and the Police Department of Poznań, western Poland, took part in the operation against the group, conducted in several Polish cities.

As many as 22 people were detained and more than 120 offices and flats were searched by the Police officers. The law enforcement seized many documents, computers and other digital storage media devices. The police has also secured suspect possessions, including cars, cash and money on bank accounts, worth around PLN 1.5 mln (EUR 350,000)

The investigation into the case started in September. All detained suspects were charged with being members of an organised criminal group, with two of them accused of leading the group. Moreover, 11 people were charged with money laundering.

During the investigation, as many as 118 loans for 89 companies have been examined. The money from these loans was supposed to be used for purchasing specialist electronic devices.

If found guilty, the suspects are facing up to ten years in prison.