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Man arrested for spate of fraud, illegal tobacco sales

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Police on Monday arrested a 42-year-old suspect wanted for a case of fraud under investigation since December last year.

Following the suspect’s arrest, police confiscated a quantity of cannabis, a large number of duty-free cigarettes and tobacco, as well as a sum of money from man’s residence.

According to a police statement, last December an insurance company filed a complaint for suspected forgery, while in the same month police identified six forged documents resembling the company’s insurance certificates.

Investigations by Famagusta police revealed that the documents had been sold to drivers by the 42-year-old suspect. A judicial arrest warrant was issued against him and he was taken into custody shortly after 5.30pm on Monday.

In the subsequent search of his home police found 15g of cannabis, 92 packs of cigarettes, 7kg of tobacco, and €1,800, which according to the suspect, came from the illegal sale of duty-free cigarettes.

The case is under ongoing investigation.

 

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