Seven individuals, including a security officer from the Casablanca police prefecture and a national wanted person, were arrested on Tuesday by elements of the National Bureau for the Fight against Economic and Financial Crimes, part of the National Police Brigade. Judicial, on suspicion of belonging to a criminal network involved in kidnapping, forcible confinement and identity theft regulated by law for the purpose of extortion.
The defendants were apprehended on the basis of precise information provided by the services of the Directorate General for Territorial Surveillance (DGST).
a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), indicates that according to preliminary information from the research, five suspects had lured the victim who is active in the illegal exchange of currencies, following the conclusion of a fictitious agreement to transfer “Bitcoin” digital currencies, before impersonating police officers and arresting him in the outskirts of Casablanca for extortion.
The searches and interventions led to the arrest of the defendants in flagrante delicto while they were carrying out a false search of the victim’s home in the “Dar Bouazza” district in the vicinity of Casablanca, with the aim of stealing sums of money obtained from presumed illegal transfers, specifies the DGSN.
And to note that the inspections carried out in the context of this case, in particular at the home of the alleged victim, resulted in the seizure of a large sum of money, approximately one billion and 148 million centimes of the national currency, while the inspection of the homes of the defendants led to the seizure of mobile phones, a motorcycle and four cars, one of which contained two knives and a glove box suspected of being used for criminal purposes.
The five defendants directly implicated in these criminal acts, the brother of the arrested police officer and his fiancée, as well as the alleged victim of these crimes, were placed in police custody at the disposal of the investigation carried out under the supervision of the prosecution. competent, in order to determine the ins and outs of this affair and to intercept possible links with money laundering.