Irish BOGUS tarring crews operating in France and Italy have triggered police warnings.
otorious in persuading landlords to donate money to tar the botched, Irish and British gangs are working across Europe and beyond.
The Sunday World has already revealed how some crews have generated up to €100,000 in a single week.
In Casciago, north of Milan, police arrested a tarmac crew last month after receiving complaints about the quality of the work carried out and the agreed price increasing by four times the original amount.
Local media reported that the tarmacers were Irish and Romanian, and a few individuals tried to evade investigators.
They were taken to the police station for questioning and their equipment, which blocked access to a business, was moved.
They were then released with their equipment after it was agreed that the owner would pay the originally agreed amount for the work.
A few weeks earlier, in the nearby area of Renate, two brothers aged 17 and 24 described as Irish and driving an English-registered Mercedes were arrested by police.
Officers were alerted after the two young men approached local businessmen with offers to provide discounted tarmac.
They were arrested by the carabinieri and taken to a barracks to establish their identity and check whether any illegal acts had taken place.
Last week, French gendarmes in the Indre et Loire department, near the city of Tours, also issued warnings about fake tarmacers operating in the area.
Describing them as “specialist fraud gangs”, they warned commercial property owners could be targeted by the group and that the “alluring offer is a scam”.
They advised anyone hiring people for this type of work to research the appropriate documentation and set an agreed price.
They urged people to call the police if in doubt.
French authorities have previously taken a tough line against Irish gangs carrying out tarmac scams in their country. A Limoges court issued arrest warrants for three Irishmen last July after they were convicted for their role in a €280,000 tarmac scam.
The warrants were issued after the men were sentenced to prison terms ranging from two years to 12 months in their absence.
The prosecutor said in court that the crew had generated €280,000 in revenue during the period they were under investigation.
Last November, another Irish tarring crew was arrested by Spanish police after complaints from local residents, and a man was arrested.
The group of ten were traveling in two cars and an Irish registered lorry.
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