Europol has disbanded a group suspected of counterfeiting money, which also has links to the mafia. Police have arrested a total of 44 people. Among those arrested is also said to be the grandson of French actress legend Catherine Deneuve.
According to the news agency AFP, a source close to the investigation has said that Deneuve's descendant would have been one of three suspects arrested in France. The arrest of a 32-year-old relative is also reported in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, among others.
Of the remaining suspects, 40 were arrested in Italy and one in Belgium. At the same time, Europol completed years of investigation. In France, the OCRFM police unit is responsible for the crime.
At the same time, the police confiscated money for eight million euros and capital for an equivalent amount.
According to the OCRFM, the Counterfeit League has links to the Camorra mafia clan in southern Italy.
Counterfeiters are suspected of printing about the equivalent of about ten million euros in counterfeit money. Counterfeiters have mainly focused on printing € 50 banknotes.
OCRFM spokesman Eric Bertrand told AFP that 90 percent of high-quality counterfeit cash has come from Italy in recent years.
- Camorra has a kind of monopoly in this market, he continued.