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Money laundering arrests

 

 

Following a protracted and complex money laundering investigation, the Economic Crime Unit (ECU) of the RGP has today charged a local man and wife, Dale (41) and Angelina (38) VILLA.

 

During the initial stages of the investigation, the ECU seized the Nike Net, a luxury motor vessel registered to Dale VILLA and valued at approximately £295,000. 

 

Search Warrants executed at the residence of Dale and Angelina VILLA resulted in the seizure of €207,000 in cash.

 

The defendants surrendered to their Police Bail where Dale VILLA was charged with:

 

1.         Being knowingly and concerned in the exportation of a commercial quantity of tobacco from Gibraltar without the authority of an export licence;

2.         Breach of Tobacco Retail Licence;

3.         Use of approximately £15 million worth of Criminal Property;

4.         Possession of Criminal Property, namely, Motor Vessel Nike NET and

5.         Being concerned in an arrangement which facilitated the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property [Motor Vessel Nike Net] by another.

 

Dale VILLA was further charged jointly with Angelina VILLA with one count of Possession of €207,000 of Criminal Property.

 

The RGP will seek to have these assets confiscated.

 

In this investigation, the ECU worked closely with the Guardia Civil in their efforts to tackle cross-border organised crime in line with the RGP’s Annual Policing Plan commitments. 

 

The defendants were bailed to appear before the Magistrates Court tomorrow (Friday).

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