More than 2 million counterfeit pesos, dollars, weapons, machinery and instruments for the operation and manufacture of apocryphal banknotes of various denominations were the result of a series of operations carried out by the Federal Police to disrupt a criminal organization dedicated to the setting of high quality paper money.
According to sources of the investigation informed LA NACION, an anonymous informant provided the data to the Federal Police about the existence of a domicile in the province of Buenos Aires where high quality apocryphal money, both pesos and dollars, was made.
With maximum discretion, federal agents of the Division of Counterfeiting Crime Investigation deployed fieldwork that allowed them to establish how the careful and sophisticated process of production of apocryphal banknotes worked.
The criminal organization had much of the instruments that serve to violate security measures issued by the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic (BCRA). The banknotes were manufactured by various stages of great detail, such as offset printing, screen printing and inkjet printing, the heat printing system of foil which emulates the ovi ink (optically variable) and masks both the magnetic security thread of the banknote and the omnidirectional thread reflective, which makes money look pretty much like real.
Police sources informed LA NACION that scammers had been producing apocryphal money sophisticately for about two months ago. Its goal was to produce large-scale banknotes and then insert them into the commercial market during the month of December, when, due to the proximity of the end of the year holidays and the preparation of summer holidays, there is a high circulation of money.
The Federal Criminal and Correctional Court No. 1 of San Martín, in charge of Emiliano Canicoba, ordered the raids of eight homes in the Malvinas Argentinas, San Miguel, Tigre and Pilar matches, where the organization operated.
During the procedure, police hijacked 2,176,360 pesos on counterfeit banknotes of various securities, $500 apocrypha, two guns and miscellaneous ammunition, 17 plates printed on both sides of 100 pesos banknotes, five plates of 500 pesos banknotes, two reverse plates of $100 banknotes, machines offset, dryers, industrial guillotine, cutting guillotine, shabones (metal and wood frames with screen printing meshes), offset inks of various colours, printers, toner, computers and cell phones. In addition, four members of the gang were detained at the disposal of the Justice.