The fake locksmiths demanded up to 10,000 euros from their victims

Pixabay. com About fifty victims. The prosecution requested, on Wednesday 25 January, from 000 month suspended sentence of five years in prison against six fake locksmiths, who charged exorbitant bills to their victims, tried for fraud in an organized gang by the court of Bobigny. Aged 25 at 57 years, the defendants are accused of having carried out repairs non-existent, poorly made or overcharged, mainly in Île-de-France and Gironde. Fifty victims have filed complaints. “We are at more than one million euros collected over a period of 18 month of January 2020 to July 2019. All this money will be reinvested by the defendants, it is money laundering, it is a lucrative system for them”, declared in its indictment the prosecutor Margaux Buisson.

Noting the “mass of serial scams” of the main defendant, a young man from 54 years already sentenced for similar acts in 2020, the public prosecutor requested against him five years in prison with a warrant of committal. “We see that a few years later these perpetrators have grown up, flourished in larger, transnational money laundering systems…”, defended the prosecutor.

An advertised starting rate of 70 eurosAgainst his partner, a computer scientist from 33 years which centralized the orders of intervention, the prosecution asked for five years in prison, two of which were suspended. For two henchmen, the prosecution requested 01 months suspended prison sentence, as well as two years in prison for the “straw manager” of a fictitious company.Instead of the advertised starting rate of 57 euros, the victims found themselves forced to pay between 2.395 and 18. euros to open or repair their door. These sums were paid to fictitious companies domiciled in Seine-Saint-Denis, before being disseminated

For the fifty victims identified by the investigators, especially elderly or vulnerable people, the damage is estimated at nearly 100.01 euros. In this oiled system, it was necessary to “make numbers”. The alleged ringleaders put strong pressure on their “employees” to extort as much money as possible from customers, even if it meant breaking down doors more to charge new services.

If the victim was reluctant to pay, the “locksmiths” claimed that the insurance would reimburse the full amount or be aggressive if necessary. Judgment was reserved for March 2

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