An international-scale, multi-million fraud involving non-existent respiratory protection masks have been uncovered by investigators from Bavaria. Two sales and distribution companies with offices in Hamburg and Zurich, were damaged, the public Prosecutor’s office Traunstein announced on Tuesday. You should deliver around ten million masks for nearly 15 million euros to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Directors of the two companies comes from the upper Bavarian town of Traunstein.

“Partially wild West manners with criminal activity”

The company had, according to the communication, a Deposit of around 2.4 million euros to the alleged commercial supply made, after the skillful Deceit of the perpetrators. When the masks arrived as planned, the managing Director on the 30. March display be refunded. Apparently, in the nick of time: More than two million of the transferred money had in the meantime been discovered in accounts abroad have been frozen, reported the Prosecutor’s office. Also in North Rhine-Westphalia had already been paid, around 14.7 million euros to the Swiss sales company. Of those, 12.3 million euros had been paid already back.

the NRW health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU), is according to information from Tuesday that the country has incurred no financial loss. In addition, the Minister said on the request of the German press Agency: “The operation: The market for protection equipment is broken, Essentially, and it is part wild West manners with criminal activity.”

52 delivery vehicles, with a police escort were ready to be picked up

The managing Director had received according to the message in the middle of March of the swindlers offers for the protective masks. The state government in Düsseldorf had a great interest and ordered around ten million pieces. Several European intermediaries, the goods should be handed over in the Netherlands. Around 52 delivery vehicles were prepared according to investigators, to bring the much-needed protection masks from the Netherlands to North Rhine-Westphalia, from the border in Germany, even with a police escort.

Currently under investigation in several countries are still running. The perpetrators had hijacked the identity of a company in another European country, reported the office of the public Prosecutor. For more detailed information you made from the investigation tactical reasons. In Traunstein, Germany, a special Department of the Prosecutor’s office is concerned for the prosecution of cross-border crime, the so-called Traunsteiner model. Also, officials of the criminal police and investigation authorities in several European countries. “Is it the spit”: the infectiology Lodge of the pale about Spahn-statement, FOCUS Online/Wochit “way Remains for me the spit”: the infectiology Lodge of the pale about Spahn-statement