12 EU member states were offered to buy non-existent coronavirus vaccines for more than 14 billion euros. Law enforcers were able to prevent fraud. This was announced by the director of the European Anti-Fraud Bureau Ville Itälä, reports Yle.
He stressed that none of the criminals had been successful. The case is now being investigated in Finland, the official cannot yet disclose who exactly offered to buy non-existent vaccines. The perpetrators are associated with organized crime and operate from third countries.
They offered the EU as a whole a billion coronavirus vaccines that never existed.
According to the Director of the Bureau, OLAF became aware of the fraud after several EU countries that received such offers contacted the European Commission.
“We studied the proposals and found that there were criminals behind them. The proposals were well prepared, they looked quite real. We are talking about both organized crime and a small private enterprise,” says Itälä.
He explains that the scammers asked for an advance payment, and then if someone agreed to provide it, they planned to disappear.