Britain’s most wanted scammer arrested in Spain

Britain’s most wanted woman has been arrested in Spain after nine years on the run in a £1 billion fraud. The police gave this information on Tuesday. The Civil Guard detailed in a statement that the fugitive, identified by British police as 47-year-old Sarah Panitzke, was arrested on Sunday while walking her dogs in the village of Santa Barbara in northeastern Spain.

Sarah Panitzke has been wanted since 2013 for money laundering as a member of a group that bought mobile phones overseas and then sold them in the UK, without paying value-added tax. Thanks to this VAT fraud, this criminal organization has made profits of more than a billion pounds sterling (1.2 billion euros), according to the Spanish and British police.

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The Spanish Civil Guard said, “According to British investigators, Sarah Panitzke was in charge of laundering the organization’s profits through several companies she owned in Spain, Andorra and Dubai.” “At one point this organization managed to sell more mobile phones than all legal shops in the UK,” she said. Sarah Panitzke disappeared in May 2013 and was later sentenced to eight years in prison in absentia.

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