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A man, investigated by the authorities from Romania, detained by the NAC officers in Cahul. He is suspected of the complicity in laundering 1 million lei24.03.2021 23 Views
A man from Cahul was detained, this morning, by the officers of the General Territorial Directorate South (GTD) of the NAC in a case of money laundering, transmitted to the Moldovan prosecutors by the competent authorities from Romania. The suspect was identified by the Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crimes and Terrorism as a participant in a money laundering network, that caused considerable damages to a major company in Romania.
According to the materials sent by the colleagues from across the Prut, the Romanian company complained that, from their computer system, 16 Money Gram transactions were made, in the amount of 42 400 euros, that have been cashed out, but which are believed to be fraudulently introduced. Thus, from the investigations carried out, it results that on the computer systems, several potentially malicious files were identified from the victim’s workplace. In particular, an email was sent to the working point of one of the malls in Iasi, as well as one in Timisoara, through a server in Ireland, that had attached a dubious file. Three days later, the company representatives notified that the transactions were made through the operator Money Gram, that appear as sent from the working points of the mentioned malls. The transactions that were not found in the report received from Money Gram, and the sums of money were taken from Money Gram agents, from the branches in Galati and Braila.
The analyses of the file showed that it was a DarkComet Trojan file, that has the ability to connect to certain fields to download the files it uses, to infect the system as a result. Following the verifications performed, it was identified that the persons listed as senders of transfers, as well as their identification data (social security number and the date of birth) does not correspond to the database of the Romanian police on the persons record. At the same time, referring to the recipient of the transfer, it was identified that one of them allegedly was domiciled in Cahul.
Today, the GTD South officers have carried out searches in Cahul municipality, in the home of the suspect and in two cars that belong to him, where they found computing equipment and several telephones. He was detained for 72 hours, charged with money laundering, pursuant to article 243 of the Criminal Code. If found guilty, he risks up to 10 years in prison.
The Anticorruption Prosecution Office is supervising the criminal investigation.