On 17 July, Europol published a news release advising that law enforcement authorities from Italy, Belgium and France, supported by Europol, dismantled an organised crime network involved in euro counterfeiting. On 15 July, police arrested 44 suspects and froze criminal assets worth €8 million in Italy. Asset recovery measures taken so far during the overall operation in Italy include the confiscation of 50 apartments, 8 business premises, 2 farms, 10 companies operating in various sectors, 12 vehicles, 1 luxurious boat and 22 bank accounts, all with an estimated total value of approximately €8 million.
CATHERINE DENEUVE’S GRANDSON ARRESTED IN POLICE SWOOP RE MAFIA COUNTERFEITING OPERATION
On 17 July, the Daily Mail reported that Igor Vadim, 32, the grandson of French film star Catherine Deneuve and the late director Roger Vadim has been arrested following a police swoop on a multi-million pound counterfeit money racket run by the Italian Mafia. He was arrested north of Bordeaux, and now faces extradition to Italy and the possibility of trial and prison for helping to flood Europe with fake €50 notes.
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