A 2 year US investigation has led to the arrests of a gang who conducted a carjacking scheme where prestige cars were stolen, sent to Canada then sold onto Iraq.
The gang consisted of 12 people. Members of the operation frequently rented prestige cars, 4×4′s, SUV’s and other sports cars from unsuspecting car rental companies in Michigan and Ohio.
Once there rental cars were in their possession they filed police reports claiming that the vehicles had been either carjacked or stolen in the Detroit area, American authorities said. Then the cars were driven into Canada then exported.
“Criminal groups often believe they are employing ingenious techniques to further their illicit activity,” Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge of HSI in Detroit, said in a statement.
“But authorities are equipped to follow a lengthy paper trail to expose schemes such as this and bring those involved to justice,” he said.
According to authorities, the case was turned over when a lengthy paper trail was in tangled. This later to the discovery of 5 stolen cars on shipping containers in Montreal heading for Iraq, authorities said.