Five men sentenced to prison for participating in international counterfeit currency operation – Brno Daily
The court ruled that the men were linked to an Italian criminal organization. Photo credit: Freepik.
Olomouc, Central Moravia, November 7 (CTK) – The Olomouc Regional Court yesterday sentenced five men to between six and nine years in prison for forgery and attempted illegal money transfer within an organized criminal group.
A sixth defendant, from Slovakia, was acquitted.
The court ruled that in 2014 the men, who were linked to an Italian criminal organisation, had printed euro banknotes. The second part of the decision concerned the printing of Czech crowns.
The men were only able to print test tickets, and the planned production did not really start because the Italian ringleaders of the operation were detained in Slovakia.
The verdict has not yet taken effect.
The men were tried as members of an organized group operating in several countries.
The court handed down the harshest sentence of nine years in prison against Rudolf Kalovsky, who was also fined CZK 620,000 and disqualified for six years.
The others received sentences ranging from six to 8.5 years, as well as heavy fines and disqualifications.
Judge Martin Lysek said it had been clearly proven that two defendants had been contacted by the Italians in connection with the printing of the certificates.
“The court has no doubt, also considering the recorded wiretaps, what they wanted to achieve,” Lysek said. This meant the printing of banknotes, even if they were only samples. The motivation was clearly financial and they expected to win money or titles, Lysek added.
First, the prosecutor wanted to convict the men for having prepared the printing of banknotes worth half a billion euros, and in the second part for having prepared the printing of banknotes of Czech bank worth 40 billion CZK.
Subsequently, the court did not specify the sum, saying only that a large quantity of banknotes had to be printed.
The Italian criminal organization operated not only in Italy, but also in Budapest and especially in Slovakia.
“They were looking for someone who could print a large number of tickets,” the prosecutor said.
The court handled the case for more than two years, with the trial complicated by the large number of defendants and the international dimension of the case.
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