An organized criminal group consisting of 36 individuals carried out online offences involving the creation of fake auctions on Ebay between 2006 and 2009.
The alleged offenders used stolen Ebay accounts to create auctions for items they did not posses. After the purchase of a bogus item, the purchaser would pay its price through Western Union or MoneyGram. The suspects withdrew the payments made by deceived customers in different countries, such as Hungary, Germany, Spain and the US. After withdrawing the illicit funds, the suspects transferred them to Romania by using Western Union or MoneyGram.
The investigation is still pending - law enforcement searched premises and computers, intercepted phone conversations and questioned the suspects.