A gang, which was falsified and sold world-wide, was found in Hesse Germany. In a raid, the cartridges worth ten million euros were secured – and that was not all.
The customs investigation office of Frankfurt busted an German-Iranian gang flying, the fake clay cartridges of the Oem company Kyocera manufactured and sold world-wide. Counterfeit cartridges valued at ten million euros were secured, Zoll and the Darmstadt Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.
In a raid on Wednesday, 24 residential and business premises were searched in the Rhine-Main area as well as four properties in North Rhine-Westphalia. Parallel searches were carried out in a company in the Netherlands.
Three main suspects arrested.
There are a total of 24 people between 29 and 72 years of age. Three main accused were arrested. They are a 34-year-old from Groß-Umstadt as well as two 48- and 52-year-old men, who do not have permanent residence in Germany.
The investigators also secured more than 100,000 euros in cash as well as gold and valuables worth about 40,000 euros. In addition, a pledge of € 50,000 was made.
Empty toner cartridges where baught in Europe
then exported to China and Dubai for manufacturing. A spokesman for the Customs Office, Frankfurt, explained how much the frauds had done. The band is said to have bought empty toner cartridges in Europe in order to export them to China and Dubai and then to return the toner cartridges filled there to Germany.
Some of the toner cartridges were also filled in a production facility in Frankfurt and in the past also in Dieburg. The distribution of the supposedly new and as original product of Kyocera declares goods was made through a company braid in Germany and the Netherlands. In return, Gelder returned and eventually landed on accounts of the perpetrators' group in Dubai.
Damage in the double-digit million range. "At the present time, the damage sum is difficult to quantify, but we assume an amount in the double-digit million range," said Hans-Jürgen Schmidt, spokesman for the Customs Office.