Dawn raid leads to arrest of suspected ‘money mule’ chief

FRAUD police carried out a dawn raid on an East Ham house this morning and arrested a suspected counterfeit credit card manufacturer.

The 34-year-old is suspected of organising money mules, who would open bank accounts in order to launder the proceeds of online crimes abroad.

Officers seized digital data and a number of blank cards with magnetic strips during the swoop in Southend Road.

DetInsp Paul Hoare, from the Police Central e-crime Unit, said: “Money mules are one of the key enablers for all types of fiscal fraud and internet based crime in particular.

“This arrest reinforces our commitment to combating suspected money ‘muling’ in both London and across the UK.

“Individuals tempted by advertised job opportunities moving money using their bank accounts should not get involved as they could be taking part in wider organised money laundering crime.”