Most people don't think about their engine oil until it's time to be changed but Moscow residents might want to take a peek under the hood as police have busted a "massive" oil counterfeiting ring.

Most people don't think about their engine oil until it's time to be changed but Moscow residents might want to take a peek under the hood as police have busted a "massive" oil counterfeiting ring.

According to industry publication Lubes N Greases, the ring created an engine oil production facility and then packaged the resulting product in containers designed to look like it came from Shell, ExxonMobil, and Total.  The group was also bold enough to create fake versions of OEM motor oil from Ford, Mazda, and Toyota.

While this isn't the first time criminals have counterfeited engine oil, the scale of this particular operation is pretty impressive.  According to the Russian interior ministry’s department for economic crimes and corruption, the crooks made approximately 12 billion rubles ($164 / €147 million) annually.

When police raid the various storage and production facilities associated with the group, they reportedly discovered "70 tons of fake motor oils packaged in more than 80,000 canisters and ready for sale."  The police also found plenty of packaging and labels for the aforementioned brands.

At least five people have been detained in connection with the case and one person reportedly attempted to flee to China with a "large sum of money" before being stopped at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow.

Source: Lubes N Greases

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