A news release from Eurojust on 15th May reported that, in a major operation, co-ordinated by Eurojust, authorities from Romania, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary and Portugal took action against an organised crime group involved in illegal fishing in contaminated waters, tax evasion and money laundering.  The contaminated fish was stored in, and transported to, several EU countries in improper and unsanitary conditions, and then sold to Romanian companies.  The criminals were former fishermen who developed a sophisticated mechanism for poaching and purchasing fish from contaminated waters where fishing is prohibited as the fish in those areas is unfit for consumption.  The contaminated fish was sold to Romanian companies, which were especially set up as ‘ghost’ fish marketing companies.  They used fake invoices and other falsified documents to resell the fish in Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Portugal and Romania.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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