14 Feb, 2023 @ 19:30
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Criminal gang providing fake residency cards to Nigerian migrants busted by Spain’s National Police

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SPAIN’S National Police force has busted a criminal ring that was forging residency cards for migrants in an irregular situation, thus allowing them to work. 

The gang, which was operating in Murcia and Malaga, forced its clients to pay between €500 and €600 to get their hands on the fake document, and then obliged them to pay €200 a month from their income. 

The organisation is alleged to have made some €1,800 a year from each of its ‘customers’, who were Nigerian nationals living in Spain illegally. 

The gang was also providing accommodation for these migrants in so-called ‘pisos patera’, cramped flats that are packed with residents. 

According to the National Police, six arrests were made, four in Malaga and two in Murcia, on charges of belonging to a criminal gang, document forgery and crimes against the rights of foreign citizens. 

More than 50 fake documents were seized, along with €400 of cash, nine mobile phones, a laptop and a series of computer storage devices.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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