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Police bust forgery ring

Paphos police HQ (File photo)

Police believe they have busted a forgery ring after the arrest of four Serbian nationals in Paphos on Thursday evening.

Police said they found a large number of forged Slovenian identities and driving licences in the possession of the suspects – two women and two men aged 23,32,30, and 34.

Immigration officers initially detained a 23-year-old woman who was caught with counterfeit documents including an identity and a driving licence.

She told officers she had bought the documents from a Serbian couple whom she named.

Police arrested the couple at their house in Paphos and seized five computers, a printer, two identity cards, two driving licences, 20 blank plastic cards – same size as the identities — and 85 rolls of thermal paper.

On the 30-year-old woman, police found five more blank plastic cards, two of which were the same size as the identities. Officers also found a credit card in the name of another individual.

It was determined that the couple were living in Cyprus illegally. Police also arrested a 34-year-old man who had been in the house at the time. The man, a Serbian national, had no documents in his possession.

The four suspects were expected to be brought before a court on Friday. Police have not ruled out further arrests.

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