The State Criminal Police Office (LKA) North Rhine-Westphalia and the prosecutor Dusseldorf are according to their own information against an international criminal organization proceeded. In North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Hamburg, Berlin and Baden-Wuerttemberg about 60 flats and companies are searched on this Tuesday according to data of the LKA. 27 accused persons between the ages of 23 and 61 are said to have transferred large amounts of cash from Germany to another country. In addition to the searches, six arrest warrants were executed according to the police.

First the Süddeutsche Zeitung , the WDR and the NDR had reported. According to her, the main suspect is to come from Duisburg.

The suspects are said to have used the so-called Hawala banking system for their transactions. Cash is deposited at a collection point in Germany and repaid in another country. "In this way allegedly illegally acquired assets in the amount of several million euros in the legal banking system was transferred over to other states," said the LKA. NDR and WDR report, it concerns a sum of more than 200 million euro.