A gang of Mexican hackers, Venezuelan experts in cybercrime, assailants from Nuevo León, and even the leader of a cartel in Quintana Roo are among the partners of the so-called Romanian mafia led by Florian Tudor El Tiburon, who created criminal alliances to maintain their operations. in Mexico and facilitate card cloning, ATM hacking, and money laundering.
According to the intelligence report of the federal security cabinet and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States (FBI, for its acronym in English) that MILENIO revealed last Monday, the criminal networks of El Tiburon extended to hackers and criminal gangs from different states of the country and abroad.
Among the Mexican hackers who helped the Romanian mafia to commit millionaire robberies are the members of the criminal group known as Bandidos Revolution Team, dismantled in 2019 in León, Guanajuato, when its leader, Héctor Ortiz Solares, El H-1, was captured.
This gang has attributed the theft of more than 400 million pesos committed against financial institutions such as Banorte, Inbursa, and Kuspit, through cyberattacks on the Interbank Electronic Payment System (SPEI).
According to the intelligence report from the federal security cabinet, Tudor also forged alliances with at least three Venezuelan hackers: Elio Yoel Moreno González, José Alejandro Osario Echegaray and Isaac Rafael Jorge Romero.
They are identified as those in charge of generating the method with which the Romanian mafia led by El Tiburon stole millions of pesos from ATMs in a few hours and with a few cloned bank cards, as they did in 2017 when they stole 150 million of pesos from BBVA Bancomer ATMs in just 24 hours.
Among the Romanian criminal networks, the Mexican and US authorities detected that the Romanian gang was also associated with Leticia Rodríguez Lara, better known as Doña Lety, and identified as a leader of the Pacific Cartel in Cancun, arrested in August 2017.
Top-level sources with knowledge of the case revealed to MILENIO that El Tiburon and Doña Lety had a business relationship and were also compadres. Their alliance allowed them to maintain operations in the tourist area of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, without rivalry.
Investigations have determined that Florian Tudor stored two thousand cards in two safe deposit boxes of the First National Security company, in the Plaza Américas in Cancún, Quintana Roo.
In November 2017, the safe-deposit boxes of this company were seized and secured by the former Attorney General’s Office, because it was discovered that they were used by a criminal network of drug traffickers and drug dealers related to Doña Lety and her son Rafael, El Dover, partners of El Tiburon.