Czech police have broken up a major international ring of document forgers which was based in Prague and Brno but operated in several other European countries, a spokesman for the organized crime unit of the Czech police force said on Friday. Seventeen people including one Czech citizen were arrested during police raids over the last week. The gang was headed by five Albanian and Bulgarian men with permanent residency in the Czech Republic. They forged Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Belgian, Dutch, Finnish and Danish passports, IDs and driving licences, as well as those of various post-Soviet states.
The police said the gang had gained control of the European black market for forged documents over the last decade as its counterfeits could not really be detected during ordinary checks. If convicted, gang members face up to 10 years in prison.
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