9 Albanians arrested on alleged counterfeit visa scheme

July 27, 2018 - 8:03 am

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police say they have arrested nine Albanian suspects for allegedly being part of an organized crime ring that issued fake identity documents to help people enter Britain and the United States illegally.

A statement Friday said authorities arrested nine persons, while one was declared at large. Police also seized equipment and a workshop producing fake Italian and Greek documents, and allege that the suspects facilitated marriage for some individuals with Bulgarian citizens, who are EU members.

Police say documents were sold at around 8,000-12,000 Euros ($9,350-14,000), although trafficking costs via Italy, Malta, Kosovo, or Croatia in order to avoid official scrutiny, were extra.

Albanian citizens are allowed to travel to EU member countries without visas, but require visas to go to Britain and the U.S.

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