The Prosecutor's Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Causes, together with the investigative officers of the INI, carried out 18 searches at the homes and transport units of 6 persons suspected of committing 15 crimes of real estate scams in Chisinau, human trafficking and illegal deprivation of freedom, causing victims in particularly large proportions over 8 million lei.
They selected poor and physically disabled people in the Capital, who owned property and debts for communal services.
The scammers promised victims a better living, and they would pay off their debts, and finally the people were transported to the Transnistrian region where they were forced to work in the field for four years without getting paid.
In one of the victims, who reached retirement age, by deception and abuse of trust, by proxy, the perpetrators periodically lifted her pension from the post office.
Another victim, under physical and psychological threats, was forced to commit a real estate scam crime, along with some members of the criminal group.
If found guilty they risk a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years.