INFO THE FIGARO – The French and Israeli authorities have acted in concert to put an end to fictitious sales of health equipment intended to fight the pandemic to French hospitals and pharmacies from Israel.
Correspondent in Jerusalem,
Israeli justice has decided to extradite five Franco-Israelis suspected of being involved in Covid-19 scams to France. The people involved in the case are accused of having attempted, sometimes successfully, fictitious sales of health equipment intended to fight the pandemic to French hospitals and pharmacies from Israel. They dangled at the start of the epidemic of gels and masks at high prices, at the time when France was lacking in this type of product, from a call center clandestine during the first wave of the virus.
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A telephone line hijacking made it possible to believe that the calls came from the Paris region. Then the crooks, pretended to be Fisc agents engaged in verification operations to recover supplier data from hospitals and usurp their identities. They had created fictitious online brochures for their marketing operations. They were asking for prepayment before delivery through bank accounts in the UK and Portugal using fake identities. The gang made no less than 6,700 calls. He then tried to pass himself off as representatives of large French medical equipment companies. The amount of the damage amounts to 200,000 euros.
The investigation was carried out jointly in France and Israel. It allowed the Israeli police to intervene in the act. Confronted with particularly active transnational crime, the justice system of the two countries has learned to work together. Asked by Le Figaro, the Israeli Embassy in Paris welcomed “The excellent cooperation between the Israeli and French authorities”. “The Israeli police will continue to act with determination”, she continues.
Four defendants – two men and two women, including Etan Tayeb, the head of the network – have filed appeals for their extradition. Only one accepted his transfer.