Unbelievable scam: Storsvindlere tricked the royal families and presidents for years

A secret antiterrorsag about the French hostages. How initiated storsvindleren Gilbert Chikli his conversations, when he called Europe's most powerful men. T

Unbelievable scam: Storsvindlere tricked the royal families and presidents for years

A secret antiterrorsag about the French hostages. How initiated storsvindleren Gilbert Chikli his conversations, when he called Europe's most powerful men. T

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
18 February 2020 Tuesday 04:00
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Unbelievable scam: Storsvindlere tricked the royal families and presidents for years

A secret antiterrorsag about the French hostages.

How initiated storsvindleren Gilbert Chikli his conversations, when he called Europe's most powerful men. The goal was to swindle rich virksomhedsfyrster, presidents, prime ministers and royal by pretending to be France's defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The French-israeli man and his co-conspirators Anthony Lasarevitsch called over a two-year period to 150 high-ranking people in the european power elite in order to get them to pay løsesummer for the French hostages.

Together got storsvindlerne total of 80 million euros - or roughly 600 million - together.

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Anthony Lasarevitsch (tv) and Gilbert Chikli (in the middle) at the trial, which began in Paris earlier in February. Photo: Benoit Peyruco/Ritzau Scanpix
Wearing gummimaske
The two men were finally arrested in Ukraine in 2017. in February is the sensational trial has begun in France.

A comprehensive evidence, which CNN has been given access to, shows that the two men through a number of years wrote the 'official letters' addressed of the minister of defence Le Drians office, after which they called their prey over Skype in order to give the scene more credibility.

- We are talking about French citizens ' life. We should have them released, otherwise we expect the worst. I need to know if you can help us with this mission, and if the answer is yes, I will go to the president and give warning, that we have someone who can act as a mediator for us, it sounded from the man on the screen.

But the man was not France's defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. It was instead Gilbert Chikli wearing a gummimaske, who looked like the minister in convincing style.

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France minister of defence Jean-Yves Le Drian has commented on the spectacular case. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix
350 million from the businessman
According to the indictment called the two crooks, and published to be the French minister of defense at no less than 140 high-ranking people in politics, business and royalty.

It was, however, not many who went into the trap. On the other hand, the call from the swindlers are extremely expensive for a Turkish businessman by the name of Inan Kirac, in 2016 paid no less than 47 million euros (350 million dollars, ed.) for the liberation of two French journalists in Syria.

There was just no hostages.

Champagneproducenten Bruno Paillard was also contacted by the fraudsters. He bed, however, not on the madningen.

- the Image in the video was not particularly clear, and the voice was a little strange. The excuse was that they found themselves in a bunker in the ministry, he says to CNN.

the Fraudsters had according to the media appoint themselves the goal as the king of Belgium, the Unesco director general, Norway's prime minister, the presidents of Niger, Gabon and Senegal, the archbishop of Lyon and Louis Vuitton billionaire Bernard Arnault.

defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian understand how such prominent people could be deceived by men.

- They were quite compelling, and, unfortunately, there was someone who was scammed. They did a good work with to imitate my voice, he admits.

the two men found guilty, they risk up to 14 years in prison. Judgment

Updated: 18.02.2020 04:00
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