Skip to comments.1m fake passports seized in raid
Posted on 07/04/2007 7:21:29 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
Police uncovered the largest haul of fake passports ever found in the UK as they smashed a massive counterfeiting ring.
More than 1,800 fake passports with a street value of at least �1 million were discovered in a two-bedroom flat in north London.
Five men were in custody on Wednesday after fake passports for at least 12 countries were found stuffed into a wardrobe, cupboard and briefcase.
Among the documents were 200 fake UK passports which are often considered by counterfeiters as too difficult to make. Other passports were Finnish, Portuguese, Korean, Latvian, Slovenian, Albanian, Danish, Greek, Italian, Belgian and French.
Also found was a mass of hi-tech equipment including printers, scanners, two computers and various false immigration stamps.
Thousands of blank passport personal information pages as well as blank driving licence cards were also discovered.
When officers entered the property, a counterfeit driving licence was being printed in the back bedroom.
Three Eastern European men - one Kosovan and two Bulgarian - were arrested at the address in Poplar Grove, Colney Hatch, yesterday afternoon. They are being held accused of conspiracy to manufacture identity documents and remain in custody at a north London police station.
Following the search, two more men - an Albanian and a Bulgarian - were arrested at addresses in Essex and Finchley, north London. Both remain in custody.
The operation was run by the Metropolitan Police's Operation Maxim unit.
Thanks for posting.
Anybody who wants a national ID as a solution take note. There is no such thing as a document that cannot be forged, duplicated or replicated, or an ID that is tamper proof.
Neverthe less, to eliminate voter fraud, we must have a national ID
I just got a passport that has some kind of microchip in it.The chip contains a digital image of my photograph and,I think,other data as well.
“Anybody who wants a national ID as a solution take note. There is no such thing as a document that cannot be forged, duplicated or replicated, or an ID that is tamper proof.”
Henceforth you’ll see more stories encouraging the use of biomechanical devices to literally chip human beings..!
US passports are much sought yet no forged US passports were in the possession of the criminals. Either the perps were out of stock or the passports are too hard to make.
Is this a new addition ? I don’t think my passport has this feature.
Yeah, well, I guess that theory doesn't hold water.
I'd be even more concerned how many passports were already in circulation.
the possibilities are endless
Yeah, I somehow knew this wasn’t an American story.
What an eye opener! Thanks for posting!
Dare anyone say that they were Muslim???? [Gordon brown is watching you with his all-seeing CCTV omnipresent EYE.]
false passport ring busted
A “kosovan” is an ALBANIAN MUSLIM who is from Kosovo in Serbia and who is probably not only a forger but a white slaver too.
well, I guess now that the immigration bill is dead, we won’t be blaming Mexicans for this.
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