In November, the Hamburg State Criminal Police (LKA) arrested Peyman F., a 22-year-old counterfeiter. Officers caught the suspect with two packages of fake euro notes. He almost arrived at the post office to ship the packages to darknet buyers.
Uwe Kelting, the Hamburg Chief Inspector, said “this was a great success for us.” Investigators discovered fake notes totaling 100,000 euros in value. Fake euros were a major concern for the Federal Criminal Police (BKA) in 2016. According to a BKA report, counterfeiting crimes increased by 42 percent since 2015. Additionally, the counterfeiters were making notes that were far more realistic.
The 22-year-old and his girlfriend, police said, were part of a “counterfeiting gang.” Police arrested the suspect’s 20-year-old girlfriend for her suspected role in the operation. The other accomplices were still under investigation. For this reason, LKA officials refused to disclose further information about the gang. Yet, they noted that the 22-year-old was the leader and primary suspect.
Police arrested the leader on his way to the Trittau post office and searched both packages. Investigators found 2,000 fake 50-euro notes—worth roughly $105,605. Police also found more counterfeit euros in the suspect’s