EXPATS SENTENCED: Brits held in TV scam probe

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ARRESTS: Three Brits accused of setting up illegal television network CREDIT: Guardia Civil Interior

THREE expatriates have been arrested in Formentera del Segura accused of forming an illegal television network that enabled the fraudulent distribution of subscription channels to over 500 foreign customers throughout the Vega Baja.

The three British man, aged 30, 46 and 63, were detained for crimes against public finance, social security, money laundering and belonging to a criminal group.

The illegal network is said to have earned the trio more than €450,000 euros, free of taxes and payments to the public treasury.

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The payments are believed to have been laundered through bank movements, always below €3,000, so as not to be detected by the Bank’s auditors.

According to the Guardia Civil, the losses to the TV payment platforms amount to around €10,000-€15,000 euros per month.

All three men have appeared in court and released on police bail.

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