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Two arrests made into international fraud gang in Longford

Gardaí have arrested a man and a woman in their teens in connection to an international fraud ring operating in Ireland.

The two teenagers were arrested this morning as part of Operation Skein in County Longford where investigations into the group’s money-laundering element took place. The international group is believed to be involved in invoice-redirect fraud.

Over the last two years, the number of arrests that have occurred under Operation Skein now stands at 19. Five prior arrests were made yesterday as part of the operation in counties Cork, Tipperary and Roscommon. Three of those arrested have since been released without charge.

Gardaí can link the group to frauds totalling €6.3 million with €5 million being lodged through bank accounts in Ireland.

The beneficiaries and managers of the crime gang’s Irish cell are believed by gardaí to be a group of predominantly Nigerian men who have been spending the proceeds of the frauds in Ireland.

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