Po­lice break up sham per­mit ring

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Law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties in the Greek cap­i­tal have ar­rested 24 peo­ple so far in an on­go­ing op­er­a­tion to crack down on a racket that pro­vided women from the for­mer Eastern bloc with Euro­pean work and res­i­dence per­mits through sham mar­riages.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, at least two civil ser­vants, two no­taries, two lawyers and a po­lice of­fi­cer are among those who have been de­tained in con­nec­tion with the scheme.

The same sources said in­ves­ti­ga­tors have also found ev­i­dence point­ing to around 200 false pa­ter­nity claims and at least two il­le­gal adop­tions. The racket is be­lieved to have op­er­ated for at least five years, ac­cord­ing to one of­fi­cer who re­ferred to “a big and com­plex case that will take time to tackle.” One trick the fraud­sters are be­lieved to have used was to pay home­less peo­ple or drug ad­dicts to use their per­sonal de­tails for bo­gus civil part­ner­ships.

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