One of the gang members allegedly contacted homeless vagrants and in exchange for small amounts of cash purchased their identity cards and compliance to take out financing loans under false circumstances – loans that were never paid off because of their penniless state.
The reported brain behind the scheme was the person who actually set up the loans, using his credit company and always the same bank in Roquetas. All three men have criminal records, according to the Guardia Civil.
The financing loans in question were for buying vehicles, which were later sold in Eastern Europe.
The police investigation began in Gualchos, involving a well known vagrant in the town, who also has a criminal record. On paper the man had acquired a car valued at 24,000 euros and against whom the bank that financed the loan was now taking to court.
Further investigation revealed that a man from Almería had purchased his identity documents from him for an undisclosed amount. This information was used to open up an account in the bank in Roquetas de Mar and take out the financing loan for the vehicle, presenting false tax declarations and employment documentation as justification.
(News: Gualchos, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)