In coordination with the Provincial Prosecutor's Office of Badajoz the Civil Guard has taken down a scheme to sell fake driving licenses via social media and web pages. Eight people were arrested as suspected perpetrators of fraud and forgery of documents. They charged between 600 and 19,000 Euro each. The province of Albacete is also affected.
Agents were able to uncover the involvement of a highly hierarchical group that created 15 fraudulent web portals over the course of the investigation. This was coordinated with the Badajoz Provincial Prosecutor's Office.
They offered driving licenses for 600 to 19,000 euros each in exchange. They used third-party accounts to pay the money.
These same pages were created by the group, and links to them, offered the possibility of online presentations, and pretended that they were financial. To create an alleged account, they required that a money amount between 500 and 1000 euros be entered. This was a concession and provision that was never fulfilled and that did not result in the money being returned.
These fraudulent acts would have led to the criminal group deceiving more than 30 people. 23 of them were involved in the acquisition driving licenses, while 9 others were involved in the granting online loans. This was for residents of the provinces of Badajoz and Murcia, Pontevedra and Madrid.
A few of those affected said that they didn't know the formal procedure for getting a driving licence and were completely convinced by the information and illustrations on the website.
As reported by the Meritorious in an official press release, the Investigation Area of the Civil Guard of the Valdebotoa–Badajoz Main Post is continuing with the open investigation to determine if there are additional people who have obtained these driving licenses.