Ukraine Security Service exposed fake passport, document printing office

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
23 March 2021, 17:00
Canan Kevser
23 March 2021, 17:00

Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said it blocked the activity of an organised group issuing fake documents for illegal residents.

According to the report released by SBU on Friday, the office in the Zhytomyr region was illegally issuing documents for persons who illegally arrived from countries of high terrorist risk.

The group was printing documents including passports, birth certificates, driver’s licences and pensioner ID cards, secondary-school certificates and higher education diplomas, vehicle registration certificates and more.

As reported, the “full pack” of documents costed USD 2,000. Allegedly, the group members had up to ten clients per month. The suspects also offered “support” to their clients for the registration of documents for departure abroad in the regional offices of the State Migration Service.

The SBU said that the illegal scheme established by a citizen who was previously convicted for organising the illegal transfer of persons across the state border of Ukraine. The suspect involved two accomplices in the unlawful activity.

The law enforcement detained the group leader during his attempt of illegal registration of the client’s documents in a regional office of the State Migration Service.

During the searches of the underground printing office, the law enforcement seized a number of items including, equipment for making forged passports; stamps and seals of state authorities; a great number of forged documents; computer equipment with a customer base; document forms and blanks.

The Security Service said that the investigation is ongoing to bring to justice all those involved in the illegal movement of persons across the state border of Ukraine and forgery of documents, stamps, seals or letterheads, and sale or use of forged documents.