Two Arrested For Counterfeiting
Two officials of Ghana’s embassy in Spain, have been arrested for counterfeiting in an operation which last for two years.
Also arrested is another Ghanaian, described as the head of the criminal organization, whom Spanish law enforcement agents, had been following for years: with “…a history of fraud, forgery and drug trafficking”.
They charged 600 euros for passport, 300 Euros for residence permits and 2000 euros for driving test.
The criminal organization dedicated to falsifying documents, was dismantled on Wednesday, following the arrest of 46 people in 11 cities.
A Spain-based organization; El Confidencial, reports that its sources in the National Police, the body that has taken charge of the operation together with the Mossosd’Esquadra, disclosed that the tentacles of the plot reached the Ghanaian embassy, where two of its workers were in charge of providing them with all kinds of documents.
The organization was led by a Ghanaian citizen, who had been monitored for years. His name and those of the embassy officials, have not been provided.
“He has a record for fraud, forgery and drug trafficking,” the sources consulted explain. The man also had a Nigerian lieutenant who stood out in the criminal world for his ability to make counterfeits.
“He has been arrested on other occasions for forgery of documents and counterfeiting of coins. Compared to other forgeries, his work is quite good, and he was also very cautious in his movements, which made it difficult to monitor,” the National Police said.
The gang consisted of dozens of people whose function was to offer the Ghanaian community all kinds of counterfeits in different parts of Spain, as well as transport them from one place to another.
To this end, the network went so far as to infiltrate the Ghanaian embassy in Madrid, an institution from which two workers provided them with documents that they could not acquire on the black market.
No response yet from the embassy, although were made with officials.
Both workers were also arrested in Wednesday’s operation, and according to Ghanaians in Madrid, this corruption has been happening in the Embassy since 2012.
It is not clear why the names of those involved have not been released by the police in Spain, although videos of the arrests have gone viral.