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Three Pakistani nationals arrested for running business of fake documents

Three Pakistani nationals arrested for running business of fake documents

A gang that had set up a business of fake travel documents and residence permits was broken up with the arrest of three Pakistani nationals aged 41, 42 and 47 in the Agios Ioannis Rentis area in Piraeus, the directorate of foreign nationals of Attica said on Tuesday (10/03/2015) night.

Following leads and the assistance of the Athens International Airport customs office, authorities found two packages with 4,000 fake self-adhesive residence permit stickers resembling those used by Greek authorities.

The packages had been sent from China to a mini market in the area, where two of those arrested worked and which they used to cover up their activities.

They would send the residence permits to another fellow-Pakistani, who had set up a laboratory for fake documents in a house and who would sell them to other foreigners.

Authorities said the gang would have collected a total of 2,400,000 euros for the permits in both packages.

The laboratory, whose equipment was confiscated, included a computer, three laptops, a multicopier, a plastic card printer, two external hard discs and a camera - among others - along with fake documents and Pakistani passports, Greek and Pakistani identity cards, watermarks of the Greek state, transportation cards, a bank book and three banking cards.

The three men were led before the Piraeus misdemeanours prosecutor.