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Eight Member States take action against international VAT fraud

29 June 2016

Yesterday, from a coordination centre at Eurojust, Europol supported an international action day against a criminal network involved in international VAT fraud and money laundering defrauding EU citizens of approximately EUR 57 million in tax revenues via companies selling electronic items, hardware and software.

One of Europe’s biggest online sellers of counterfeit products arrested

29 June 2016

Europol supported the Spanish Guardia Civil in Operation Student which was carried out in the province of Malaga (Spain) and resulted in the arrest of an individual of Italian origin dedicated to offering, selling and distributing internationally counterfeit merchandise over the Internet.

39 migrant smugglers arrested during Sirocco-2 Action Day along Western-Balkan route

29 June 2016

Europol has supported the Sirocco-2 action day to dismantle migrant smuggling criminal networks operating along the Western-Balkan channel. All relevant countries from the South East European region participated in this common operation. 39 migrant smugglers and 580 smuggled migrants were arrested during this 36 hour long action.

Russian money laundering criminal network dismantled

28 June 2016

Today, the Spanish Guardia Civil supported by Europol, dismantled a money laundering  organised criminal ring of Russian origin with links to two well-known Russian criminal syndicates. It has been estimated that, in the last few years, the dismantled ring has laundered, in Spain, an estimated amount of EUR 62 million through property investments.

FBI and Department of State Announce a Global Law Enforcement Forum on Diamond Trafficking and Illicit Trade, hosted by Europol

28 June 2016

Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of State announce a global law enforcement forum on diamond trafficking, illicit trade, and threat financing. This forum is being hosted by Europol, the European Law Enforcement Agency based in The Hague, Netherlands, and will run from June 28 to June 30, 2016.

Latest trends in migrant smuggling: nearly 7000 suspected smugglers reported, increased exploitation, higher prices

27 June 2016

Between January and June 2016, Europol received intelligence on more than 7000 newly-identified migrant smuggling suspects. 95% of them are male, with an average age of 36. Recent data also shows that migrant smuggling remains an increasingly profitable business for criminals, with the prices for migrant smuggling having tripled. These are only a few of the most recent trends perceived by Europol and published today.


24 June 2016

Today, Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) with SUMURI LLC, a global provider of digital forensic training, software, hardware and services. The MoU will allow for the exchange of knowledge and expertise on cyber forensics, in addition to enhancing cooperation between law enforcement and private partners to fight cybercrime.

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