Moldova: Four Officials Accused of Selling Fake Passports to Criminals
Moldova’s National Anticorruption Center (CNA) has arrested six people for illegally providing passports to organized criminals.
accused of coordinating with Moldovan civil servants to create technically authentic biometric passports with fake identities.The suspects allegedly falsified passports for 31 individuals, selling them for € 10,000 each (about US$ 11,000). Intermediaries are
Suspects include three staff members of Moldova’s citizen registry, the Center for State Information Resources (CRIS), an employee of the Bureau for Migration and Asylum, and two intermediaries.
If found guilty, the suspects could face up to ten years in prison.
The CNA's announcement comes just before the start of its anti-corruption seminar in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, coordinating with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.