The initial investigations identified an organised group consisting of three persons of Moroccan nationality who looked for Moroccan women in an irregular [immigration] situation in Spain. They told them they could arrange for their administrative situation to be regularised by pretending to be victims of gender-based violence, as well as gain access to economic assistance, which Spain grants to victims of these crimes.

For this purpose, they contacted various Moroccan males, in a regular administrative situation in Spain [in other words legal immigrants, El País is a left-wing newspaper], who were offered between 2,000 and 4,000 euros to pretend to be the partner and attacker of the woman, with the promise that when she gained legal residence in Spain she would withdraw the complaint and the court case would be closed, and they would remain without a criminal record for the crimes.

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