The raids occurred amid a nationwide investigation into fraud in the nightlife industry.
Pacha Ibiza. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
The crackdown on Ibiza clubs continues. Amid a nationwide investigation into fraud within the nightlife industry, Spanish authorities raided Ibiza venues Pacha and Ushuaïa on Thursday morning.
According to local outlet Diario de Ibiza (via Resident Advisor), authorities entered the superclubs accompanied by members of Spain's national tax agency. Their search reportedly uncovered "several million Euros," of which Diario has documented tax agents counting on video. A senior official told the publication that the next step will be making sure the numbers correlate with the clubs' accounting records.
The ongoing investigation, titled Operation Chopin, began July 8 when authorizes searched Space and Privilege. Earlier on in the week (but reportedly unrelated to Chopin), Amnesia owner Martin Ferrer, his son, the club's general/business manager, and the club's accountant were arrested following a police raid for "alleged crimes against the Treasury." A second search of the club yielded over $2.2 million in cash, in addition to a cash-counting machine. In all, 87 clubs across the country are to be inspected.