15 people arrested for money laundering and organized crime in FYROM

15 people arrested for money laundering and organized crime in FYROM

Skopje, December 11, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Ministry of Interior has arrested in the western part of the country 15 people who are accused of being involved in money laundering, loan sharking and other criminal offenses. The group was arrested in Gostivar, Tetovo and surrounding areas and it was operational since 2008.

Among the arrested people there are four lawyers and bailiffs, who had collaborated with this criminal group.

“During the arrest, police has encountered resistance from one of the suspects, who opened fire against police. After a few minutes of confrontation, police have managed to neutralize and catch the suspect. The group is accused of several criminal offenses, while the main activity of which it’s accused is loan sharking, charging monthly interests from 8 to 20%”, declared the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, Ivo Kotevski.

The ring leader, the identify of which is kept hidden, has fled and police said that he’s the mastermind of the group and known as the owner of the “Golden Eye” night club in Gostivar and a luxury hotel in Mavrova.

This raid has led to the seizure of thousands of Euros and 20 luxury cars. /ibna/