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Conflict Incident Report

Romanians arrested for selling fake gold in Sidon

Date of incident: 
April 22, 2017
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Actors/Parties Involved: 
Internal Security Forces (ISF)

Two Romanians were arrested while attempting to scam locals into buying fake gold in Sidon, the NNA reported. The suspects were identified as K.M., born in 1978, and B.I., born in 1977. Both arrived in Lebanon less than a day prior to their arrest. After the suspects attempted to sell gold at an “unusually” low price, a report was made to a local Internal Security Force unit. The scammers were apprehended shortly afterward, with 4 kilograms of fake gold and 27 grams of real gold in their possession. The real gold was reportedly used to scam victims into buying their fake stock. K.M. was found to have an Interpol warrant out for his arrest, on charges of theft and possession of weapons. Both suspects were sent to the relevant authorities and investigations are ongoing.

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Secondary Category: 
Illicit Trade/Trafficking/Smuggling
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.