6 million euros defrauded: fifty defendants and thirty lawyers at the Chartres court for a river trial

The director at the time of the Caisse d’Épargne branch in Vernouillet always assured him during the investigation: “I was just negligent! The investigating judge seized of the case has another vision. The banker is sent back to justice. He will be tried, from this Monday, May 9, for complicity in fraud in an organized gang.

At his side, in the courtroom, about fifty defendants of Pakistani nationality for the most part. They will be assisted by thirty lawyers, for a river trial which should last all week.

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In 2015, a man of Pakistani origin came to see the branch manager to try to take out a mortgage. The banker, according to the investigation, would not have been too careful about the conformity of the documents presented to him, nor about the origin of the cash funds which were brought to him. The credit has been accepted.

Also according to the investigation, the Pakistani, from 2015 to 2017, introduced him to several of his friends, who, too, would have managed to take out mortgages, thanks to falsified pay slips and tax notices. In total, thirty-eight houses were purchased, mostly in the Paris region, for a total amount of nearly 6.7 million euros.

Thirty-eight houses foreclosed

The houses were seized by the investigating judge in 2018, pending trial where the defendants are tried for fraud and money laundering.
A situation which placed, that year, the court of Chartres in third position on the national level, in the classification of the largest amounts seized by justice, just behind the judicial courts of Paris and Lyon.

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Will the judges confirm the confiscation of real estate? That’s what this trial is all about. Although the documents to obtain the loans were of fraudulent origin, the credits were honored without problem.

Given the importance of the case, it is not impossible, at the end of the week, that the judges put their decision under advisement.

Jacques Joannopoulos

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