By Dialogo June 16, 2010 A total of 178 individuals from twelve countries have been detained following the dismantlement of an extensive international network that forged credit cards, the Spanish police announced. The members of the network copied credit cards after having obtained their numbers and then withdrew money at ATMs and made purchases in stores, according to a statement by the police. The subgroups within the network’s complex structure, located in each country, “formed a mini-structure within the global framework of the organization and were subject to the overall strategic direction of the leaders at the top,” the police explained. “One hundred seventy-eight individuals have been detained, 84 searches have been conducted, and 11 forgery laboratories have been dismantled, belonging to a network that might have made over 20 million euros from its illicit activities,” the police statement specified. According to the police, the network was not only engaged in cloning credit cards, but also in “robbery, embezzlement, extortion, sexual exploitation, and money laundering.” “In Spain, 76 individuals have been arrested, 120,000 card numbers have been seized, and six laboratories for the cloning of credit cards have been dismantled, as well as a research-and-development laboratory in which 30 altered ATM card readers were found,” the police specified. At the same time, the police said that 30 individuals were detained in France, 16 in Rumania, 16 in Germany, 12 in Ireland, 8 in the United States, 7 in Italy, 4 in Hungary, 3 in Finland, 2 in Australia, 2 in Sweden, and 2 in Greece. However, the police did not specify the detainees’ nationalities.
Just hours after being charged on six counts of felony drug-related charges Wednesday, the Ripley County chief deputy sheriff bonded out of jail.David Pippin was charged with Acquiring a Controlled Substance by Deceit, after investigators say he filled prescriptions for Hydrocodone from five separate doctors in a two year period without disclosing that he was already prescribed.“He turned himself immediately into the Ripley County Jail after being notified there had been a warrant issued in this investigation today,” explained Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills. Pippin has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an internal investigation.The charges came as a surprise to Sheriff Grills, who administered a 12-panel drug screen to his employees a few months ago.“I had drug tested every employee in my office on September 17,” said Grills. “And everybody passed, Dave Pippin passed.”Chief Deputy Pippin has been employed with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office since 1995 and has not received any disciplinary actions, the sheriff added.An investigation into Pippin’s alleged prescription drug use was launched after his former sister-in-law notified Indiana State Police. Court documents also revealed that doctor’s office and pharmacy records were used to verify it.According to Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel, doctors would not have prescribed Pippin had they known he was already receiving the hydrocodone prescriptions.“He did not disclose this information to doctor’s that were prescribing him,” Hertel said.Pippin filled prescriptions for 494 hydrocodone pills in a 55-day period in 2012, and 2,825 from August 2011 to July 2012, according to the court affidavit.An initial hearing has not been set. If the case goes to trial, Hertel stated that it could be relocated to a different county.
The 19-year-old was made to train on his own after turning up to pre-season out of shape and he was then hit by hamstring and ankle problems. The left-back has started just 12 Premier League games so far, but Irwin is sure the club will start seeing a return on their £28million investment once his injury troubles are over. “I have no doubt he will be a great player for us in years to come,” Irwin told Press Association Sport. “Until he gets a run of games I don’t think you are going to see the quality Luke Shaw can bring to a side. “When he gets that under his belt you will see the best of him. “Hopefully he will stay injury-free for us for the rest of year and get a run of games.” United beat strong competition from Shaw’s boyhood club Chelsea to sign the defender from Southampton last summer. Irwin believes it is unreasonable to expect too much too soon from a player who only made his Premier League debut in November 2012, regardless of how much United paid for him. Denis Irwin remains convinced Luke Shaw will be a big star at Manchester United. Irwin, one of the most decorated defenders in United’s history, tipped Shaw to star for United shortly after he signed for the club, but the teenager has had a mixed maiden campaign so far. Shaw has impressed on a few occasions, but injury has prevented him from fulfilling his potential. Press Association “He has had a big couple of years,” said Irwin, who played 529 times for the club. “He had a couple of years at Southampton, he had a big-money move here and he was involved in a World Cup at just 18-years-old so the spotlight has been on him through no fault of his own. “When you are 19 you will make mistakes and you will learn from them. “I have no doubt he will be getting plenty of advice from the coaches and the manager.” Shaw, who has been suffering from another hamstring injury recently, sat out United’s 3-0 win over Spurs on Sunday. The win tightened United’s grip on fourth place and they now sit just two points behind second-placed Manchester City. Irwin was impressed by the performance against Spurs and he now hopes the team will produce similar performances against their top-four rivals in the coming weeks to secure the Champions League football which they have missed so dearly this term. “It was a big loss for us when we didn’t qualify for the Champions League. It’s been a strange year,” said Irwin, who was part of the team that won the trophy in the most dramatic fashion in 1999. “We have missed Champions League football, I have missed big teams coming here. “There are some big matches coming up in the round of 16. We are not involved and it’s not nice watching. “City go to Barcelona this week and we watch that and wish we were part of it because it’s the best club competition in the world.” :: Denis Irwin was speaking at the launch of bwin Manchester United Casino – the world’s first club-based real money casino app which is available now on Android from bwin.com/manutdcasino and will be available soon on iOS through the App Store.