POLICE have arrested a ‘fake bus mogul’ who is thought to have netted €3.2 million since 2017 from his illegal journeys.
The 45-year-old businessman from near Toledo is accused of ferrying tourists around without the necessary legal documents and insurance policies.
Identified only as MDB, the man presided over a fleet of 19 illegally-bought buses, which have now been seized by police.
It is alleged that MDB did not comply with payment procedures and that some of his passengers were young children.
His lack of the correct documentation also meant that drivers employed by him were not correctly insured.
The suspect mainly ran his operations in Talavera de la Reina, the area he is from, as well as ‘nationwide’ services, according to police.
A Guardia Civil statement said that companies hiring MDB’s buses were unaware that they ‘had been acquired illegally’.
Police located MDB’s illegal buses in areas of Spain as far-flung as Madrid, Toledo, Valencia, Malaga, Almeria and Zaragoza.
Guardia Civil officers made their arrest under the ‘Bustalva’ operation, following a tip-off from Madrid’s Traffic Sector.
MDB faces the alleged crimes of fraud, falsifying documents.