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. Those 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 during the first wave of the virus of gels and masks at high prices, at the time when France was lacking in this type of products, from a call center clandestine.
Read also :Covid-19: the concern of French mask manufacturers
A telephone line hijacking made it possible to believe that the calls came from the Paris region. Then the crooks pretended to be tax officials engaged in verification operations in order to recover supplier data from hospitals and to 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 present himself as the representatives of large French medical equipment companies. The amount of the damage rises to 200,000 euros.
The investigation was carried out jointly in France and Israel. It allowed the Israeli police to intervene in the act. Faced with particularly active transnational crime, the courts of the two countries have 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.
SEE ALSO – Hydroalcoholic gels: 13% of products do not contain enough alcohol to be effective, alerts the repression of fraud