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Fraudsters made thousands in passport scam

A former sergeant in the Intelligence Service (KYP) and a 39-year-old Lebanese owner of an employment agency on fraud charges had gained them hundreds of thousands of Euro from unsuspecting victims it was revealed in the Limassol District Court on Tuesday.

The two had been arrested after they were reported by two Egyptian businessmen who claimed that during a three-year period, from 2010-2013, they had paid the two suspects a total of €171,000 to arrange Cypriot passports and residence permits for them and their families.

The court hearing on Wednesday revealed that the accused had received another €235,000 from another two foreigners to arrange Cypriot passports for them.

Suspicions were aroused when the application forms that were submitted to the issuing authorities were found to be forged.

A 49-year-old sergeant working at the Migration Services has also been arrested in connection to the case. He allegedly received kickbacks from the Lebanese suspect for assisting clients in obtaining their Cypriot passports and residence permits.

Police are now concentrating their investigations on 150 specific files that have been submitted to the Migration Services to ascertain whether other people are involved in the scam.


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