Romania and Eurojust break fuel card crime ring

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Romanian special police agents guard bags of seized contraband during a press conference at the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) headquarters, in Bucharest

Romania and Eurojust break fuel card crime ring


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An organised crime group involved in a scam of counterfeiting fuel cards has been shut down by Romania’s law enforcement authorities working in close cooperation with Eurojust.

Consisting mainly of Romanian nationals, the members of the organised crime ring are suspected of constituting and participating in a criminal organisation, illegal access to computer systems in a continuous form, computer fraud and illegal handling of devices and software.

The group copied the data stored on the magnetic stripe of fuel cards, which belonged to several people outside Romania. They then used the fake cards at filling stations to refuel their cars to the detriment of the original card holders.

Six other EU nations provided important information during the preparation stages of the operation. Eurojust assisted in the cross-border investigations and facilitated the coordination of the operation as well as the exchange of data.

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