‘Se­rial money laun­der­ers’ pro­cessed stolen mil­lions

Pair jailed for pro­vid­ing ser­vice for those in­volved in or­gan­ised crime

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

TWO West Dray­ton men will spend a com­bined 12 years be­hind bars for laun­der­ing mil­lions of pounds stolen from un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims via email.

Money was stolen us­ing ‘ma­li­cious soft­ware’ which sent an email at­tach­ment al­low­ing crim­i­nals to record vic­tims bank de­tails.

The soft­ware, called Dridex, al­lows crim­i­nals to re­motely ac­cess a vic­tim’s de­vice to steal their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.

Pavel Gin­cota, 32, and Ion Tur­can, 35, both Moldovan na­tion­als with Ro­ma­nian ci­ti­zen­ship, laun­dered the stolen money for crim­i­nals us­ing more than 220 dif­fer­ent bank ac­counts.

Gin­cota and Tur­can, both of Trout Road, in Yiewsley, pleaded guilty to all charges against them at the Old Bai­ley on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 4 and were jailed for five years and eight months and seven years re­spec­tively.

Steve Brown, se­nior in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer at the Na­tional Crime The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries Agency (NCA) Na­tional Cy­ber Unit, Steve Brown, said: “Pavel Gin­cota and Ion Tur­can were se­rial money laun­der­ers who pro­cessed mil­lions of pounds worth of stolen money through hun­dreds of bank ac­counts to fund their life­styles.

“Those in­volved in the most se­ri­ous types of or­gan­ised crime de­pend on the services pro­vided by money laun­der­ers like Gin­cota and Tur­can to hide prof­its.

“The NCA will con­tinue to work closely their crim­i­nal with our part­ners to pre­vent or­gan­ised crim­i­nals from ac­cess­ing the pro­ceeds of their crimes and to bring them to jus­tice.”

The duo were un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the NCA when they were ar­rested by the Metropoli­tan Po­lice in Fe­bru­ary last year for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of mul­ti­ple false iden­tity doc­u­ments.

Dur­ing a search of their home near Uxbridge of­fi­cers seized more fraud­u­lent doc­u­ments and sev­eral elec­tronic de­vices.

Foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed that a lap­top, owned by Gin­cota, was used to con­trol the bank ac­counts used to laun­der the money. Gin­cota was charged with con­spir­acy to pos­sess false ID, con­spir­acy to laun­der money be­tween 2014 and 2016 and a fur­ther charge of con­spir­acy to laun­der money in 2012 for a sep­a­rate of­fence in Ger­many in 2012 in which the vic­tim lost 25,000 eu­ros.

Tur­can was charged with con­spir­acy to pos­sess false ID and con­spir­acy to laun­der money be­tween 2014 and 2016.

n JAILED: Ion Tur­can (left) and Pavel Gin­cota

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