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Mykolayiv region: SBU exposes officials who engaged in human trafficking of foreigners to the EU

SBU officers in cooperation with the National Police exposed the officials on human trafficking of foreigners to the EU countries.

The law enforcers established that the interregional group spanning over four regions was organised by head of Mykolayiv City Council department on cooperation with the law enforcement bodies. The criminal group also included the employees of the State Migration Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a lawyer and representatives of the criminal circles.

The SBU operatives documented that the offenders were looking for foreigners interested in illegal departure to the European Union. To produce the forged documents, the criminals used passports and certificates of citizens of Ukraine issued on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea prior to the temporary annexation of the peninsula (authenticity of these is impossible to confirm). On the basis of the counterfeit documents the criminals then issued new ID-passports, taxpayer cards and foreign passports.

SBU officers documented several facts of illegal processing of documents by the members of the criminal group. The offenders provided the full package of fake documents for two foreigners for USD 12,000.

The law enforcers detained the organizer and the six participants of the criminal group in the framework of the criminal proceeding initiated under Article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine. During search of the offenders’ residences and workspaces in the several regions, SBU officers found blank forms and seals of the different state structures for producing fake documents. The organizer had a Russian passport and classified documents. The law enforcers seized from offenders USD 50,000, over EUR 2,000, over RUB 250,000, 500 grams of gold in bars, 7 pistols and 2 rifles.

The offenders were served a notice of suspicion in committing the crimes stipulated by Part 3 Article 332, Part 3 Article 358 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.  The issue of choosing the measure of restraint in the form of custody is being decided.

The urgent investigative and operative actions are under way.

 

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