18 arrested in UK and Romania for 20 million Euro fake train tickets scam

An organised crime group involved in railway ticket fraud has been taken down thanks to joint action by the British and Romanian authorities. Europol assisted the operation on the spot by deploying a mobile office to Romania during the Action Day. Eurojust supported the national criminal investigations by setting up a joint investigation team between the UK and Romania, which was provided with substantial funding.

Simultaneous raids were carried out at addresses in the UK and Romania. As a result, 16 individuals were arrested in London and one in Leicester. The suspected gang leader was arrested in Romania.

A year ago, an investigation into an organised crime group dealing with counterfeit travel cards ticketson the British railways network was initiated by the British Transport Police in close co-operation with the Romanian Directorate for Investigation and Organised Crime and the Romanian Police.

Vigilant staff members on the railways detected the fake tickets and alerted the authorities, who subsequently launched a comprehensive investigation with the support of the Romanian authorities, Europol and Eurojust.

The investigation revealed that the total losses incurred by the British transport authorities were close to €20 million. The members of the gang have now been charged with crimes such as fraud, participation in a criminal organisation and cyber crime.

Further investigations into this organised crime group are ongoing.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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