1. International Criminal Investigations
As announced by the Bamberg public prosecutor’s office in a press release dated 7 April 2020, despite the restrictions and special challenges associated with the Corona pandemic the “action day” took place. Among other things, five suspects were arrested in Serbia and four in Bulgaria, numerous objects were searched and almost EUR 2.5 million were confiscated. On the German side, the investigations are led by the Central Office for Cybercrime Bavaria set up at the Bamberg Prosecutor General’s Office, which emphatically fights organised fraud in the form of so-called “cyber trading”.
Bamberg/ Belgrade/Sofia. Just only last week a total of 7 men and 2 women aged between 25 and 49 years were arrested simultaneously in Bulgaria (Sofia) and Serbia (Belgrade). On the other hand, the Central Office Cybercrime Bavaria, in close cooperation with the Criminal Investigation Department in Bamberg, had obtained arrest warrants for all persons for commercial and gang fraud. Due to the German search measures, the detention has now taken place. Among those arrested people, is a 36 year old german.
In addition, a number of other operational measures were implemented in Serbia and Bulgaria. During the Investigation of more than 10 objects including 2 call centers, extensive evidence was secured. Apartments and Cars were confiscated in Serbia. In Germany, an amount of almost 2.5 million euros in a central account was seizured. Several recently active platforms on the Internet had been “switched off”.