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Authorities arrest four-man criminal group for stealing 237 tons of grains

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Police has concluded the investigation in a criminal process regarding multiple cases of theft of grains in multiple Latvian regions in spring this year. A four-man criminal group has been arrested under suspicion of theft of 237 tons of grains from multiple farms and individuals.

The case has been submitted to the prosecutor’s office to commence criminal prosecution, as reported by State Police.

This spring, State Police received information from multiple farms, which reported falling victim to a fraud. Police found out that a group of people, claiming to be representatives of some company, were going farm to farm in different regions of Latvia, offering to buy grains throughout February to May. Once farmers provided them with the necessary amount of grains, fraudsters signed with them a transaction agreement, promising to exact payment within five days. Needless to say – farmers never got their money.

During the investigation, State Police Criminal Investigations Department officers determined that the individuals in question used a special ‘mailbox’ firm and rented car to perform their illegal activities. After stealing grains from farmers, the criminal group sold the products to third parties. Six legal persons, mostly farms, and three individuals became victim of the fraud.

Police have concluded the investigation. It has been uncovered that fraudsters managed to steal 237 tons of grains and gain illegal profits worth more than EUR 36,000. The criminal process has been sent to the prosecutor’s office for the commencement of criminal prosecution against four people. All of them have previous criminal records. If their guilt is proven, they may be sentenced to five years of prison, a shorter term in prison, community service or fine with or without confiscation of property.

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