Romanian authorities seize nearly $4 million in luxury cars, other assets from Andrew Tate

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian authorities descended on a complex near Bucharest on Saturday to tow luxury cars and other assets worth an estimated $3.9 million. Human trafficking.

In a statement, Romania’s Disabled Assets Management Agency said it had removed a total of 15 luxury cars, 14 designer watches and cash in multiple currencies. According to the agency, the total value of the goods he is estimated at €3.6 million ($3.9 million).

About half a dozen masked law enforcement officers and other officials descended on the complex Saturday to take the goods away. The fleet of cars included blue Rolls-Royces, Ferraris, Porsches, BMWs, Aston Martins and Mercedes-Benz.

Tate, 36, an Anglo-American national with 4.5 million Twitter followers, was accused of organized crime, human trafficking and rape in Bucharest on December 29, along with his brother Tristan and two Romanian women. Arrested. .

All four dismissed their appeals on Tuesday after the court upheld a motion to extend the judge’s arrest on Dec. 30 from 24 hours to 30 days. We lost another appeal challenging the seized property.

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Andrew Tate (C) and his brother Tristan (R) are brought by police officers to the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, January 10, 2023. (Alexandru Dobre/AP Photo)

Romania’s anti-organized crime agency, DIICOT, said it seized 15 luxury cars in the incident and identified more than 10 properties and land owned by companies registered with the Tate brothers.

If prosecutors can prove they made money through illegal activities, including trafficking, the money could be used to pay for investigations and compensate victims, said Ramona Bora, spokeswoman for DIICOT. said.

DIICOT said it had identified six victims who had been subjected to “acts of physical violence and mental coercion” in human trafficking cases and had been sexually exploited by members of criminal groups.

According to the agency, victims were seduced under the pretense of love and later threatened, placed under surveillance, and subjected to other control tactics while being forced to perform in pornography.

Associated Press