A doctor treating ‘English’ patients paying €10,000-20,000 a pop has been arrested in Valencia.
Guardia Civil arrested the 52-year-old Pakistani national on Tuesday (17th November) in Picassent, to the south of Valencia city.
He has been charged with crimes against workers’ rights, a crime of not being qualified for his work, fraud, money-laundering and a crime against public health.
Eight of his workers were also ‘liberated’ from work exploitation – they worked 12-hour days and lived with ‘rats and insects’ at the same finca where the clinic was situated.
They lived in rooms without windows and were watched by cameras.
Guardia Civil’s work inspection arm began investigation after receiving tip-offs that workers were working overtime at a rural house without any holidays.
The workers were paid €750 a month.
Guardia Civil recognised the finca was licensed for agricultural activities – the Pakistani national had rented turned it into a clandestine clinic.
Patients predominantly from ‘England’ attended the clinic with cardio-vascular, oncological and coronary diseases.
Guardia Civil said patients paid between €11,170-22,340 for treatment.
The man was not registered at the Colegio Oficial de Médicos de Valencia or in any Spanish body.
Neither did the finca show up in any registries for medical establishments in the Valencian Community.
Guardia Civil also found dietary supplements not authorised for sale in Spain.
50 silver ingots wearing 1kg each were found – estimated value: €33,100.
89 gold ingots were also found – estimated value: €418,923.
Guardia Civil agents also recovered €5,085 in jewellery.