POLICE in Spain have arrested a couple who they believe handcuffed, drugged and fleeced foreign residents out of almost €2million of savings while offering ‘care services’.
The seemingly natural death of a 101-year German woman in Chiclana (Cadiz) in the south of Spain sparked an investigation after an alert from Interpol.
German police in Frankfurt had received a complaint from a German resident in Tenerife who said a couple of caregivers at an elderly residence in Tenerife had taken an old woman to Cadiz.
The tip-off led Spanish police to a German-Cuban couple, Estrella and Markus, running a care facility in Andalucia.
The Guardia Civil has claimed the 101-year-old woman and other residents were kept drugged, handcuffed and locked in their chalets.
Investigations also indicate that the caregivers’ scam involved taking along a woman who was 30 years younger to the notary and naming them as heirs.
When the German centenarian was located she had passed away and her body had been cremated. No autopsy had been held as authorities originally believed the elderly woman had died of natural causes.
Police have since revealed that they believe four people may have been sucked into the scam and around €1.8million fleeced from them.
Six people have been detained while investigations in Operation Teydea continue.