Italian national arrested for transacting suspicious large sums of money in Albania

Italian national arrested for transacting suspicious large sums of money in Albania

Tirana, 13 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

An Italian national living in Albania, has been discovered of having transacted suspicious large sums of money, therefore he has been arrested by authorities in Tirana.

Official sources from the Cyber Crime Department of the State Police, told IBNA that in cooperation with the Police of Tirana, they successfully concluded police operation name coded “The transaction”.

This operation led to the capture and arrest of the Italian citizen, Stefano Bottura, 43 years of age, born in Florence, Italy.

Bottura was charged with cyber fraud. From October 3 to October 6, Bottura carried out transactions through POS amounting to 1 billion ALL (1 million euros) in different banks and countries of the world.

Along with the Italian, police also arrested two other people, a 23 year old Albanian from Fier and a 47 year old from Lugano, Switzerland. Both of them are accused of not reporting the crime.

Police said today that they had also seized a luxury car, a POS device issued by an Albanian bank, around 15 thousand euros, 60 bank cards owned by different people and documents relating to the conducted transactions, slips, work contracts, tax forms, etc.

IBNA learned that Bottura, who is shown on the photo, was previously sentenced by the Court of Milan in Italy with 8 years and 11 month of imprisonment on the count of fraud.

Police say that inquiries continue in order to find the collaborators of this person. /ibna/