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The Civil Guard detains an experienced criminal in Murcia dedicated to committing real estate scams (29/11/2019)

So far a dozen crimes committed in Murcia and Castellón have been clarified

He cheated the victims by offering a rental home that was not his property

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has developed the operation 'Egosi', an investigation aimed at clarifying a series of scams related to real estate leases in Murcia, which has resulted in the identification, location and detention of a Ceutí neighbor as alleged author of the facts.

He is also credited with the alleged authorship of the crimes of usurpation of marital status, theft, threats and ill-treatment in family settings.

The proceedings began last July, when the Civil Guard initiated an investigation to clarify an alleged scam related to real estate activities reported in a barracks in the capital of Murcia.

In the complaint, the alleged victim said that, after observing on a well-known website an offer to rent a home in which she was interested, she contacted the person announcing the lease of the property in the Murcian district of Torreagüera.

After several conversations through mobile messaging with the person in charge of the announcement, both arranged an appointment in which the reservation of the rental of the house was formalized with the delivery of a large amount of cash, receiving at that time a copy of the keys of the house.

At that moment and before a carelessness of the victim, the scammer left the community garage of the building, where the reservation was made, leaving the victim locked in it, suffering an attack of anxiety over the events.

Shortly afterwards he found that the keys he had received did not correspond to the leased house.

Effective of Prevention of Citizen Security of the Benemérita, after verifying the veracity of the denounced facts, they initiated the operation with the purpose of gathering all the possible indications to clarify the facts and stop their author.

A few days after initiating the investigation, another person filed a complaint with the Civil Guard in which he informed that a house of his property was being offered for rent in several internet portals without his authorization.

The first investigations carried out allowed to verify that the real estate scammer used a name and other false identification data to avoid being detected.

In addition, a link between the two complaints was discovered, since, apparently, it was the tenant of the second complaint who offered the leased housing to carry out the commission of the different scams.

In the course of the operation there were several more complaints of scams with identical modus operandi, same contact telephone number and similar physical description of the author as in the first case investigated.

As a result of the investigation, the civil guards managed to identify the alleged author of this series of real estate scams and initiated a search device on the suspect, which allowed him to discover that he had fled outside the region, possibly to Castellón, where relatives reside.

The suspicions of the investigators confirmed when it was detected that the suspect had allegedly committed a new scam in the Castellón town of Segorbe.

In this case it was a refund of a large amount of cash from an ATM with a bank card obtained illegally.

It also investigates its relationship with the theft of numerous jewels and their subsequent commercialization, as well as another crime of threats to his mother and brother in the aforementioned town of Castellón.

During the development of the search device, the investigators found that the suspect was also being searched for the commission recently of facts related to gender violence against his ex-partner, so the search siege was narrowed in the places he used to frequent and in which I could reside.

During the last days, one of these devices paid off when civil guards located the suspect in Ceutí (Murcia), who was arrested as the alleged perpetrator of the crimes of fraud, theft, usurpation of marital status, threats and ill-treatment in scope family.

So far, the analysis of the information obtained during the investigation has allowed to clarify a dozen criminal acts, although it is not ruled out the connection of the now arrested in the commission of more crimes.

The 40-year-old Spanish detainee, a resident of Ceutí and with a record for similar crimes and the proceedings taken have been made available to the competent judicial authorities.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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