Suspect detained in Formentera del Segura on European Arrest Warrant
The National Police arrested a 49 year old woman of Belgian nationality in Formentera del Segura on Monday for allegedly defrauding the tenants of her apartments in Calpe over the last four years. She charged them between €12,500 and €15,500 as a deposit, money which she then took and diverted into other accounts in her name.
This woman was the subject of a European Arrest Warrant for fraud and was being looked for by the Belgian authorities as a fugitive until finally being arrested on September 26th.
The suspect offered five compatriots apartments in Calpe for a price “well below their real value” to make the victims believe the amount was because the homes came from bank embargoes.
Later she asked them for between €12,500 and €15,500 as a deposit to reserve the property and took the money.
The police investigation located various bank transfers in her name, which the officers who were following her checked were the method she was using to carry out the fraud.
The events occurred in Belgium and Spain. The arrested woman committed them sporadically and intermittently since September 2012, in which time she managed to defraud five people.