Gang charged foreign women to give babies Spanish nationality

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Checking birth records
Checking birth records Credit: Guardia Civil

The Guardia Civil became suspicious of the fact that a number of pregnant foreign women had entered Melilla before the borders with Morocco were closed and after giving birth, claimed that the fathers were local Spanish residents.

Officers realised that one man alone had supposedly fathered six children by five different women during the short period of time since lockdown.

Using DNA testing of the so-called fathers, officers discovered 36 babies who had been registered as having a Spanish father, were in fact not related to the men at all and it transpired that the mothers had paid between €1,000 and €3,000 to the men involved.

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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.

Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.

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