They are said to have organized the sale of counterfeit money, embezzled cars and weapons in Germany. In 2021, the two men were arrested after a raid. In the trial before the regional court, the prosecution has the floor: they are applying for long prison sentences.
Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - In the trial against the alleged heads of a money counterfeiting gang with mafia connections, the public prosecutor applied for long prison sentences on Tuesday. A 56-year-old Neapolitan from Düsseldorf and a 50-year-old compatriot are accused at the Düsseldorf Regional Court. They are accused of commercial fraud, counterfeit money and drug offenses as well as receiving stolen goods and forgery.
According to the prosecutor's application, the 56-year-old should go to prison for nine years and ten months as the head of the gang. The prosecution wants a sentence of seven years and ten months for the second accused. In return for comprehensive confessions, those involved had agreed on a sentence of between seven and a half and a maximum of ten years.
The accused had confessed in the process, which had been going on since March, that they had imported drugs, cars and counterfeit money of the highest quality from Italy from Düsseldorf for years and circulated them in Germany. They were arrested in a nationwide raid in May 2021. Counterfeit money worth 160,000 euros was discovered. The alleged gang leader had long lived in Düsseldorf under a false German name.