FAGIN-style gangmasters whose child recruits committed thousands of UK crimes have been let off in a legal fiasco.
Each child in the 168-strong gang made up to £100,000 a year from theft, fraud and begging.
AFP – Getty Fagin-style gangmasters whose child recruits committed thousands of UK crimes have been let off in a legal fiasco
But a Romanian trial of 26 crime bosses was dropped amid corruption claims.
That is despite retired Met cop Bernie Gravett providing a “mountain of evidence” that saw raids by local cops — backed by 28 British officers.
The let-off came after 120 of their lieutenants were found guilty by UK courts.
Mr Gravett raged: “In Romania, no one at the top faced justice.
“These gangsters making millions are free to ruin young lives.”
They also ran a benefits scam involving multiple claimants crammed into squalid housing.COSTING BRITS MORE THAN £12MILLION A YEAR
It is feared to have cost UK taxpayers £12.6million a year.
Although UK cops blamed the gang’s 168 Roma kids for more than 2,000 crimes in two years, the real figure is likely to be up to 20 times higher.
British cops began probing after freeing 211 kids in Slough, Berks, in 2007.
Romanian suspects were accused of crimes fetching up to 20 years’ jail.
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But after charges were reduced, the case was axed after it was stalled for too long.
Guns, 22lb in gold, homes, cars and hundreds of thousands in cash were seized in raids in Tandarei, Romania.
Most has now been handed back.
Cops raid homes of gangmasters in Romania – only to see them walk free from court amid corruption claims
The luxury town where rich Romanian gangsters build mega mansions from British money and child slavery