Women arrested after reporting ‘hitman’ they hired to Spanish police

Mother and daughter say man swindled them out of 7,000 fee to kill mothers partner

A Spanish woman and her daughter have been arrested after going to a police station to complain that the man they hired to carry out a murder had swindled them out of the 7,000 (6,300) they paid him.

The investigation began earlier this month, when the pair told police in Madrid that the mothers partner had cheated them out of a total of 60,000.

It later emerged the daughters partner, who claimed to be a senior member of Spains secret services, had suggested they recover the lost money by killing the mothers boyfriend.

They paid him a 7,000 downpayment on the understanding he would arrange to have the mothers boyfriend killed and sell the dead mans organs to raise the 60,000.

When the killing failed to take place, the mother and daughter felt defrauded and went to the police again.

Officers then proceeded to arrest the two women and set about tracing and arresting the male suspect, Madrid police said in a statement. They have not ruled out the possibility that he may have swindled other people.

They said the three suspects were waiting to appear before a judge and that the victim of the plot had been found in perfect health.

The Spanish news agency Efe reported that the three suspects were all Spanish citizens, with no criminal records. They did not give their names, in line with Spanish police practice, but Efe reported that the mother was 52, the daughter 20 and the daughters boyfriend 29.

Officers are looking into the background of the man and how he came to have false documents bearing the logo of the state intelligence agency, the National Intelligence Centre.

They also found a document in which he had allegedly laid out how he planned to carry out the killing and sell the victims organs.

According to Efe, the man had a fake CV, which claimed he was a lieutenant colonel, an expert marksman and a specialist in interrogation and elimination. It also said he spoke 22 languages, including Bengali and Hawaiian.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us

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