Four German men aged 35 to 39 are indicted for selling counterfeit money and hard drugs on a darknet platform

On Thursday 17th of January 2018, a court spokesman declared that the four men aged 35 to 39 from Frankfurt and Offenbach are expected in the district court of Frankfurt on accusations of internationally selling cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, LSD, hashish, marijuana, and counterfeit money.

The court affidavit states that the group sent almost 170 orders at home and abroad from December 2017 to August 2018. It’s estimated that the total illegal revenue is of a “lower five-digit sum.”

In addition to drug trafficking, they are said to have offered a number of fake €500 banknotes of “relatively good quality” on the Darknet for sale. One of the men is said to have imported more than eight kilograms of marijuana from Spain.

The four men were arrested last August of 2018 after covert investigations by the Central Office for the Suppression of Cybercrime (ZIT) of the Attorney General Frankfurt and the Hessian State Criminal Police Office. Since then they are in custody and awaiting sentencing.

Regarding money forging, the German penal code provides a punishment from one to ten years. For less serious cases, imprisonment from six months to five years. Furthermore, drug trafficking shall be punished by incarceration of up to five years and/or a fine. More severe penalties are required for those who act on a commercial basis or endangers the health of others. The group is expected to receive up to five years in prison and hefty fines and property confiscations.



A 19-year-old Austrian is under investigation for ordering darknet counterfeit money from his mom’s laptop — the seller is also under investigation

Junge Bursch (photo) is a 19-year-old Austrian man from Vorarlberg who is being investigated for ordering and using counterfeit money from the darknet. His motivation for the crime was competing financially with his group of friends. However, the court affidavit states that the young man had a stable job with a salary of €1500.

“In my circle of acquaintances money played a big role,” said the 19-year-old.

The money was sent from Styria, Austria for an equivalent price in bitcoin of 145 euros which bought him 30 fake €50 banknotes. Because the suspect ordered the illegal notes from his mother’s laptop without proper security protocols, the police had little problems identifying both the buyer and the seller, who is also under penal inquiry. The Styrian counterfeiter was nicknamed “Gomorra” on the deep web and produced the bills himself in his workshop.

Junge Bursch tried to use the fake money at a bar in Feldkirch, but the barista became suspicious of the texture of the money and called the police.

Upon his arrest, the police found only 16 of the 30 fake €50 bills, the rest of the 14 banknotes are missing. Counterfeiting is punishable by up to ten years imprisonment, but the young adult is lucky as he’ll be judged as an adolescent.

“It was the stupidest idea I’ve ever had,” says the boy, who earned at least 1500 euros net monthly.

Now he has a criminal record and a sanction of six months of probation. There was also an unconditional fine of 1440 euros. However, the judgment is not final.



A 31-year-old Austrian has been convicted to 18 months of conditional imprisonment for ordering counterfeit darkweb money — he had priors but just “couldn’t resist” the temptation

The Austrian man ordered ten fake €50 banknotes off the Dream Market Toplist and received three €50 notes as a bonus from the deep web merchant.

According to prosecutors, the man gave €100 to a friend and €50 to a Billa supermarket in Weigelsdorf, municipality of Ebreichsdorf. He gave the fake €100 to his friend because he owed him money and was drunk at the time, but as the culprit declares himself, they are no longer friends. The other €50 were spent in a Billa supermarket where the cashier became suspicious of the texture of the money but accepted them regardless.

“The offer appeared on the ‘Dream Market Toplist’, where you can see the latest products. I’ve seen, clicked and ordered,” the suspect declared in court.

The man had priors regarding counterfeit money and amphetamine abuse and was on probation. When the judge asked why he had made such a mistake after one year of good behavior, the accused replied:

“I soon realized that this is nonsense. I could not resist. But then I destroyed the rest of the counterfeit myself because I realized what kind of nonsense it is.”

The man admitted that he entered the darknet in search of amphetamines, but a fake money marketplace caught his eye and couldn’t resist the temptation.

The culprit received an 18-month suspended sentence thanks to his sincerity and favorable circumstances. Furthermore, he tested negative for drug use and is currently under therapy at the Green Circle.


A credit card scam gang from New York was arrested on 8th of January 2018 for fraudulent transactions of $3 million

Hamilton Eromosele, 29-years-old, was the alleged leader of the gang, alongside Youssouf “Slim” Traore and Deja “Mo Bandz” Monet Handsford. The U.S. District Court in Newark accused all three of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. However, Hamilton Eromosele is also indicted for aggravated identity theft.

“To date, the total amount of stolen credit card purchases confirmed as part of the conspiracy is approximately $3 million.” The criminal complaint states.

Hamilton Eromosele, also known as Emmanuel Eromosele or Donald Sele, is the ringleader of the criminal network. He would obtain credit card information from various sources, including the darkweb, and would recruit women through social media platforms. The women would then travel throughout the country to retrieve the illegally purchased goods for a percentage of the earnings.

According to the court affidavit, the U.S. Secret Service raided an apartment in New Rochelle where all three suspects were arrested, besides multiple credit cards scattered all over the apartment. More so, several cards were also thrown out of a window. A fact that might impact their sentence negatively, as the group tried to dispose of evidence.                                                          All three of the suspects had previous encounters with criminality:

1. The ringleader Hamilton Eromosele was arrested in 2016, in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the sequestration of a woman in a hotel room involving a credit card scheme feud. Furthermore, the officers found 19 fake Discover credit cards in an adjacent hotel room and 700 credit card credentials on his laptop.

2. Youssouf “Slim” Traore was apprehended in 2017, in Fayetteville, Arkansas for trying to purchase a $4,800 Rolex watch with a Discover card listed to his name but with a stolen account number.

3. Deja “Mo Bandz” Monet Handsford was caught in 2017, in Lyons, Georgia after an Uber driver called the police over suspicions of fraud. More precisely, the chauffeur drove the woman to several stores and paid with numerous credit cards. Shortly after, the police arrived and found four Discover cards hidden in the car, none of which were listed on her name.

Taking into consideration the existence of a criminal past for all suspects, and aggravating factors such as evidence disposal, the criminal group is expected to receive up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $25,000.

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