Bulgarian Mobster Pair Charged with Money Laundering

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Bulgaria’s special anti-mafia Prosecutor’s Office has charged notorious Bulgariangangster pair Angel Hristov and Plamen Galev aka the “Galevi brothers” withmoney laundering in the amount of BGN 35.5 M.

Galevi are accused of leading an organized crime group, established with the purpose of bank transfers of money by the use of forged documents and of large-scale money laundering, the Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday.

Two other individuals have been part of the group – Metodi Kovachev and Hristinka Angelova. More people are been sought in connection with the crime.

The investigation is conducted jointly by the anti-mafia Prosecutor’s Office, theInterior Ministry, and the National Agency for State Security, DANS, in partnership with the US FBI.

The group acted from the beginning of 2003 till the end of 2010 in Sofia and the southwestern town of Dupnitsa.

It used forged contracts for the purchase and import of various goods.

Huge amounts of money have been transferred from Bulgarian banks to banks in Switzerland, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, the United Arab Emirates, Great Britain, Cyprus, the Seychelles, and China.

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