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NCA: Three arrested as suspected forgery factory raided in north east London


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Chief Rat

27 June 2018

Three men have been arrested by the National Crime Agency as part of a major investigation into the manufacture and supply of counterfeit identity documents.
 
The men, a Ukrainian national aged 37, and two Latvian nationals aged 33 and 36, were detained on suspicion of Identity Documents Act offences late yesterday afternoon (26 June) after NCA surveillance officers witnessed what they suspected to be a handover in the Hackney area of north east London.

260618-doc-fac3.jpgAn envelope containing a number of documents was recovered from the scene.

Officers then carried out searches at the home addresses of the men. At the address of the 37-year-old Ukrainian national a number of suspected false documents were recovered as well as what is believed to be a sophisticated document factory, including computers, printers and other equipment used in the manufacture of counterfeits. Around £15,000 cash was also seized.
 
The documents recovered are now being analysed.
 
NCA Branch Commander Mark McCormack said:
 
“These arrests form part of an investigation into a criminal network suspected of supplying hundreds of false documents.
 
“These documents are a key enabler of criminality. They can be used to help people gain work or services illegally, or potentially open bank accounts for the purposes of money laundering. The supply and production of them can also provide a lucrative revenue stream for crime groups.”
 
The 33-year-old Latvian national was later released under investigation, but the other two men remain in custody and are being questioned by NCA investigators.

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