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Europol: ID forging ring broken up in Europe

November 1, 2013

PRAGUE (AP) — Officials say they have broken up an international criminal network that was producing and distributing forged documents for illegal immigrants in European Union countries.

Europol says a total of 29 people have been arrested in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. It says part of the network was based in Prague.

Czech police spokesman Pavel Hantak says the gang provided fake IDs for illegal immigrants from Armenia, Turkey, Russian-speaking countries and Arab countries.

He says authorities in the Czech Republic on Oct. 22 arrested a Moldovan, an Algerian, a Tunisian, a Ukrainian and three Armenians, including the ringleader.

Europol said Friday the documents were used by illegal immigrants to enter the EU or to stay illegally.

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