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April 28, 2017updated 18 May 2017 10:25am

UK police raid homes over suspected cross-border car leasing fraud

By Brian Cantwell

Over a hundred police officers raided eight properties in Manchester, UK, in connection with a suspected cross-border car leasing fraud.

100 officers from Cheshire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police targeted suspected criminals across Oldham, Levenshulme and Stockport, believed to be involved in a high-value car scam.

Five men aged between 28 and 58-years-old have been arrested by the police

The sting follows a lengthy and complex investigation by Cheshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit, examining the activities of a group thought to be fraudulently leasing high value cars, which are then transported overseas and not returned.

Detective Sergeant Brian Faint, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “Organised crime groups bring misery and pain to our communities.

“Fraud is not a victimless crime and today’s operation was a great success. It reinforces our commitment to targeting those who believe they can commit these offences and get away with it.

“We will continue to track down anyone believed to be involved in these offences to ensure we protect our communities and local businesses.”

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