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.


SOURCE: https://www.vol.at/vorarlberg-falschgeld-im-darknet-eingekauft/6061738

A 30-year-old German man was arrested on 11th of January 2018 for ordering 300 grams of amphetamine and a small quantity of methamphetamine from the darkweb

A 30-year-old from Deggendorfer, Germany has ordered 300 grams of amphetamine (photo) and a small-sized methamphetamine crystal. The law enforcement was tracking the man from August of 2018.

On Friday 11th of January 2019, the policemen raided the residence of the suspect and found about 300 grams of amphetamine and a small amount of crystal meth, under ten grams. Furthermore, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) officials also found various chemical ingredients that suggest the production of narcotic drugs, laboratory utensils, and drug paraphernalia.

The culprit is now being investigated for several criminal violations under the Narcotics Act and has been released under judicial review.

SOURCE: https://www.idowa.de/inhalt.deggendorf-im-darknet-drogen-bestellt.bdbfbedd-865a-4c40-852b-002c87923ced.html

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.

SOURCE: https://www.noen.at/baden/weigelsdorf-vor-gericht-gelandet-falschgeld-im-darknet-bestellt-weigelsdorf-darknet-falschgeld-prozess-gericht-132077887

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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SOURCE: https://westfaironline.com/110316/three-arrested-in-new-rochelle-accused-in-3m-stolen-credit-card-ring/


Hungarian man sentenced to eight months of incarceration in Austria for ordering €12,000 of darknet speed and ecstasy — busted by his postman

Akas K. is a Hungarian man residing in Austria who ordered €12,000 worth of amphetamine and ecstasy from the darknet under the alias “Johann Wagner.” He ordered multiple parcels to a gas station in St. Margarethen in Burgenland and would resell the drugs back in his Hungarian homeland. He was convicted to eight months in jail and 16 months suspended sentence by the court of Eisenstadt. (photo)

The investigation began when the postman alerted the police. The carrier became suspicious after interacting with the man for a few times. While he was delivering other parcels in the same area, Akas would always hassle the postman by insistently asking about his incoming package. Furthermore, the man spoke a broken German which also raised questions about his identity:

“Do you have a parcel for me, my name is Wagner.”

After the police got involved, a trap was set and shortly after they caught the dealer in flagrant. In the court of Eisenstadt, the drug dealer confessed:

“I’m not addicted myself, I did it solely because I knew I could make a lot of money out of it quickly,” the accused admitted frankly.

After a brief deliberation, the court sentenced him to a partial prison sentence of 24 months, of which eight months have to be served.

Taking into consideration the severe penal accusations, in this case, the offender received a light sentence. International distribution of high-risk narcotics is a serious offense and the fact that his court testimony was so sincere might have been the key to his reduced and suspended sentence.

The German penal code dictates:

“The illicit supply, cultivation, and manufacture of narcotic drugs carry penalties of up to five years’ imprisonment. The penalty range increases to 1-, 2- or 5-15 years in defined aggravating circumstances, which include factors such as larger quantities of narcotic drugs, supplying or involving minors, gang membership and carrying weapons.”

SOURCE: https://www.krone.at/1842936


A 62-year-old man from Spain was arrested as part of Operation Napalm for possession of extremely disturbing child pornography from DarkWeb forums

The Civil Guard of Burgos has arrested, in the framework of Operation Napalm, a 62-year-old man, who lived in the province of Palencia, Spain under the accusations of instigating to prostitution and sexual exploitation, corruption of minors, and possession of pedopornography.


The investigation started in November 2018 when the Commandery of Burgos was informed, as a result of the measures for prevention and risk detection by the Corps personnel, of the possible existence of certain computer files related to the sexual exploitation of children. The Technological Investigation Team of the Judicial Police Organic Unit of Burgos took charge of the investigations, aiming to recover all possible files in immediate circulation, identify its recent owners, arrest the suspects, and organize proof for the criminal case. The PC registry of the suspect verified the existence of images of explicitly pornographic content and “extremely hard” images of young children.

In the house, four storage devices (HDDs) have been confiscated and are being currently under inquiry. Most of the media come from downloads through the deepweb, through “Peer to Peer” programs, or through private forums on the darknet.

“Nothing indicates so far that the victims are within our borders,” the police Command explains.

The Operation has been directed by the Court of Instruction of Carrión de los Condes, Palencia and seeks to root out other implicated members in the file transfers. Spain is both a transit and destination country for children trafficked for sexual purposes and it’s considered the largest host of child pornography in Europe. Since adopting the new European Union laws against child exploitation, the 62-year-old culprit is to be expecting no more than a few years of prison. Unlike other European countries who haven’t adopted the new European Union penal code against pedophiles, Spain has somewhat lowered the de jure punishment for pedopornography crimes. Italy, for example, would theoretically give a much harsher penalty for a similar case, providing a penalty from 8 to 12 years in prison, while the European Union law provides 1 to 3 years or 5 to 10 years for severe cases.

SOURCE: https://www.europapress.es/castilla-y-leon/noticia-detenido-palencia-hombre-62-anos-material-pedofilo-extremadamente-duro-20190112130858.html





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A 28-year-old pedophile from Cagliari was arrested for luring three 10-year-olds over popular video games — Fortnite V-Bucks were used as bait

The Postal Police of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy apprehended a 28-year-old man for solicitation of minors, possession of child pornography, and a third accusation pending investigation. He is indicted for luring three 10-year-olds over the general chat in popular video games and for possession of highly disturbing child pornography. Prosecutors found that in at least one instance, the man offered a €10 Fortnite gift card as bait to one of the children involved in the inquiry.

The investigation began when two mothers of the three children alarmed the police after recognizing suspicious behavior from their respective child.
As described by one of the mothers, her son began to act strangely, especially at night. He desperately wanted to be alone and even shoved his sister out of his room.

More so, after winning the victim’s trust in gaming chats, the pervert would move to WhatsApp to request sexual pictures and videos of the kids. The sexual predator had a lot in common with the infamous “Bored Group,” and pretended to be a 16-year-old teenager or even a 9-year-old.

On 10th of January 2019, a raid was executed at the residence of the accused. His telephone and PC revealed 24 video chats in which the children undress, violent and necrophiliac videos of children, and other highly antisocial media.

“I know I’m sick,” the suspect told the officers.

More worrying is that the fact that the man was known to the authorities for another story related to child pornography in which he had a marginal position. It’s the first time in Italy a pedophile was actively searching victims in such a manner. According to Italian law, he’s risking imprisonment from six to twelve years and fines from €25,822 to € 258,228.

Interview in Italian with officer Francesco Greco (second from left) in which he briefly explains the investigation and warns parents about the dangers of letting kids play video games unsupervised. Report from the conference in Cagliari about the case, courtesy of www.unionesarda.it

SOURCE: https://www.unionesarda.it/articolo/news-sardegna/cagliari/2019/01/10/mi-mandi-una-foto-intima-cagliari-arrestato-pedofilo-136-820627.html




A German 36-year-old received a suspended sentence of two years for personal consumption of 125 grams of darkweb amphetamines

The Schöffengericht Konstanz court in Radolfzell, Germany recently convicted a 36-year-old man to a suspended sentence of two years, 120 hours of community service, and a bundle of probationary requirements for ordering 125 grams of darkweb amphetamines two years ago, in 2017.

The law enforcement traced the man after the infamous deep web platform AlphaBay was busted in the summer of 2017. Subsequent raids on two platform employees in Dortmund revealed an address label for the 36-year-old culprit from Radolfzell. The handwritten label also indicated the contents for the shipment: 125 grams of amphetamine plus seven grams of cocaine. Fortunately enough for the accused, the cocaine charge was dropped since it was a “present” from the sellers and not a specifically ordered item.

None the less, the raid on the 36-year-old man revealed other drugs. Police entered the culprit’s residence at the start of 2018, finding small amounts of marijuana and hashish, as well as several synthetic drugs and 20 tablets of a strong prescription analgesic. He claimed that he had received the strong, morphine-containing painkillers from a friend with cancer, but it didn’t convince the judge. The defendant had no choice but to confess to illegal drug consumption and possession.

The evidence presented in the District Court of Radolfzell was rather thin. Mostly because of the nature of the court which seeks to expedite criminal cases and private lawsuits through accelerated procedures, the so-called “fast judges.” More so, no witnesses have been presented in the courthouse against the accused. Because, according to the presiding judge, the discovery of the darkweb platforms had drawn an extremely high investigation effort for the processing police officers in Dortmund. Therefore, they would not have time to travel through the country constantly, to testify before numerous local courts. Also important, no specific financial transactions were presented since the accused paid in cryptocurrencies which are almost untraceable.

Luckily for the accused, the judge dismissed the cocaine citation because the shippers packed the seven grams of cocaine without request, for customer loyalty as a “treat,” a common practice in illegal drug trafficking. The man reiterated the fact that he did indeed consume stimulating narcotics to “compensate” his introverted type, but never did cocaine out of principle. Upon hearing such an apparent logical contradiction, the judge replied:

“It could have also been rat poison, what you whistled in there!”

The final verdict of a one-year prison sentence was suspended over two years on “favorable social prognosis,” taking into consideration the fact that the accused “harmed mostly himself.” On top of the two-year prison sentence, he’s required to take periodic urine tests, drug rehabilitation, and 120 hours of community service.

SOURCE: https://www.suedkurier.de/region/kreis-konstanz/radolfzell/Drogenbestellung-im-Darknet-36-Jaehriger-erhaelt-Haftstrafe-auf-Bewaehrung;art372455,10015735


Three Romanian Darknet-supplied dealers get their preventive arrest changed to home arrest by the Criminal Court of Iaşi — the indicted traffickers may be gaining ground in the legal battle against DIICOT prosecutors

Gheorghe Dragoş Stoica, 24 years old, Adrian Iareş, 20 years old, and Mihai Mineaţă, 19 years old, are all from the Romanian city of Iaşi and will later be known as the “cartel” gang from the neighborhood of Mircea cel Bătrân.

The group has been accused of running a large-scale drug trafficking operation throughout the city’s streets and clubs.

According to the indictment, the three had sold prohibited substances to various electronic-music clubs in Iasi. The three young men have ordered multiple drug parcels through the darkweb, using other people in their entourage to receive the packages.


In May 2018, the three ordered nearly 1,500 tablets of ecstasy and 13 grams of cocaine, dividing their drugs according to each one’s contribution in a local forest named Galata. After some of their parcels were stopped at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany, the young people turned to the Netherlands, a country where legislation is more permissive. Later, in June 2018, the dealers made a new order, receiving more than 150 tablets of MDMA and nearly 40 grams of cocaine from the Netherlands. Then the lawmen intercepted the parcel and replaced the drugs with beans and flour. Multiple raids ensued shortly after.

Direcția de Investigare a Infracțiunilor de Criminalitate (DIICOT) police force was hunting the group shortly after the Afterhills festival. The police mention other techno and electronic music clubs: Answer Club (currently closed), Sunrise, Skin (from Ciric), Zone and Under. Traffickers also went to other cities to search for their clients.

“From the cases of recent years, it was found that many young people who participated in such events, where techno-specific music diffused, bought and consumed high-risk drugs on those occasions, knowing that the effects these substances exacerbate their state of ecstasy, energy, hearing sensations, in fact, consuming such substances may lead to severe, sometimes irreversible complications such as heart failure, heart attack, heart attack, kidney failure, dehydration, liver dysfunctions , an abnormal level of toxins in the body, severe hallucinations, impulsivity, anxiety, psychosis, paranoia, and many such effects “, is what DIICOT representatives had to declare.

More so, the group had dubious business initiatives since 2011 when they opened a coffee shop which sold “ethnobotanics” or synthetic marijuana and designer narcotics. The legal gray area allowed the shop to prosper economically for approximately two years and helped the gang to keep their profits, most of which, were not taxed.

Mihai Mineaţă was the only one to give detailed statements to the prosecutors, explaining that they were consuming, not just selling, forbidden substances. Besides ecstasy and cannabis, he said he was selling amphetamines:

“I assume, acknowledge and regret the offenses committed, I did not think it would come to such a thing, and I think one of the reasons was that because of the consumption of such substances I did not think rationally. My parents have a good situation financially, they support me both financially and morally, even my father advised me, on the occasion of the search, to give any drugs to the police, I think we have committed these acts out of stupidity and peer pressure,” declared Mihai.

Although the court’s decision to change the group’s preventive arrest to house arrest is a favorable thing for the accused, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will coincide with the final decision. The anti-drug law in Romania is severe and provides harsh penalties for drug traffickers. Although the nature of the case creates some difficulties for the current criminal system, it’s difficult to speculate a light sentence. Similar cases of international hard-drug trafficking get sentences from ten years upwards.

SOURCE: https://www.ziaruldeiasi.ro/stiri/liceenii-traficanti-de-droguri-prin-cluburi-eliberati-din-arest–208897.html



Court proceedings were halted against a man accused of buying drugs off the Darknet due to insufficient evidence — he was using the Tor browser and was given an €1800 fine

A man from Haßfurter district, Germany was accused in 2014 for trafficking drugs through the darkweb as a part of operation OP Onimus, a broader national bust on deep web black markets. This Wednesday, 9th of January 2018, the court stop the proceeding due to lacking evidence against the accused, mainly, because the man used the Tor browser on his laptop and cellular.

He was indicted, however, of drug consumption which is a less severe crime than internet drug trafficking. The court decided on an €1800 fine and drug rehabilitation from the non-profit organization Caritas, thus closing the criminal case.

The man was accused of ordering 360 very concentrated ecstasy pills and 200 grams of amphetamine on a darknet platform on seven occasions, with a very high purity of 50 to 70 percent. His house was raided in September of 2017 by the Schweinfurt Federal Criminal Police Office. The police found small amounts of drugs, a joint and drug paraphernalia. Most interesting is the fact that the Tor browser was installed on both his PC and cellphone which cancels browsing data from the device once closed. Because of this, the officials couldn’t prove the drug orders.

To get more information, the authorities would have had to remove the storage media from the laptop. However, the device would have been destroyed, which seemed a disproportionate effort to the officials.

The jury court stopped the proceedings due to lack of evidence, and only accused the defendant of drug consumption. The prosecution reminded the man that bad people inevitably return back to the courthouse. The accused has to pay €1800 and seek drug treatment.