A 34-year-old man from Poland was extradited to Cyprus on Wednesday in connection with money laundering and fraud over the sale of a tractor.
According to police, a man reported on August 3, 2016 that he had agreed to buy a €7,200 tractor via the internet which was available for sale on a Polish website.
He contacted the company and proceeded to transfer the money for the vehicle via his bank.
However, the tractor was never shipped to Cyprus, and when the buyer searched for the company’s website, he found it no longer existed.
Police carried out investigations and in early September 2016 requested the assistance of the Polish authorities.
The authorities complied and sent evidence to their Cypriot colleagues revealing that the suspect had withdrawn the money deposited for the tractor from his bank account on three occasions.
In February 2017, the Larnaca district court issued an arrest warrant, and a European arrest warrant was issued a few months later, in July.
The suspect was arrested in January 2018 in Poland on the basis of the European warrant pending against him and the court agreed to extradite him to Cyprus.
On May 14, officers from the Larnaca police force travelled to Poland to bring the suspect to Cyprus. They arrived at around 3am on Wednesday.
The arrested man denies all charges.