OFFICERS from the National Police have arrested 17 people who sold fake identity cards and arranged marriages of convenience for up to €14,000.
The main gang was based in Barcelona with contacts in Tarragona offering a selection of fake documents which would allow entry into Spain and then everywhere else in the Schengen area.
Prices ranged from €300 to €3,000 depending on the type documentation required and clients were Indian or Pakistani who were either illegal entrants already in Spain or those who wished to enter from the sub-Continent.
Apart from ID documents, they were also able to offer residence and work permits as well as fake offers of jobs and even accounts.
As an additional service, they were able to make EU residents available to marry immigrants within Spain or other EU countries.
Whilst breaking up this gang, officers raided 15 properties finding a whole collection of tools used in the production of the various fake documents.