Colombian Counterfeiters Have Ties to International Mafias

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Colombian Counterfeiters Have Ties to International Mafias

Reports from the Spanish newspaper El Pais reveal how Colombian organizations, engaging in counterfeiting banknotes, have links with international mafias in Europe and other parts of the world.

The arrest of members of some of these bands has been reported on a number of occasions, and the articles agree in highlighting the existence of international networks and reveal the existence of illegal printing houses in Colombia.

A September article tells the arrest of seven members of a band counterfeiting dollars, euros and Colombian pesos. The report indicates that the leaders of the organization lived in Bogota from where they distributed counterfeit money throughout Colombia, as well as sending remittances to Spain and other places of Europe.

One of the most relevant news events was the arrest in February 2014 of the Spanish Rafael Velasco Cedron, who was considered one of the biggest and best bank note counterfeiters of Spain. He also belonged to a mafia network with connections to other criminal organizations of Europe and Colombia.

In August 2008, El Pais reported the dismantling of international counterfeit billing gangs in an operation in which Colombian police seized more than 11 million counterfeit euro banknotes.

Previously, in November 2006, this newspaper also reported the raid on a winery in Bogota, Colombia, where more than five million euros were seized. On that occasion, the press reports denounced the existence of no less than 40 illegal printers, which were distributed in Colombia and other countries.


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