A 37-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested after being found to have a fake passport.
He was detained following being routinely stopped by the National Police at the TRAM station in Benidorm. The counterfeit document is understood to come from the Czech Republic and the authorities, speaking to the Spanish media, said the fake was of an ‘extraordinary quality.’
Because the passport was so convincing, the man had been living in nearby Villajoyosa for two years after allegedly deceiving the authorities in both the Czech Republic and Malta where he previously lived. He even convinced the Spanish authorities as they issued him with an NIE based on the validity of the Czech passport when he first entered Spain.
The man was stopped when travelling on the TRAM between Alicante and Benidorm, and asked by the National Police officer to show him his ticket and his ID. Even though the man apparently showed no signs of being nervous or elusive, he raised suspicions and the police believed that his Czech Republic paperwork was a forgery despite him having a legal Spanish NIE.
Further investigations discovered that a very thin sheet of paper, almost impossible to detect, had been stuck over the real and original data of the person whose passport had been stolen.
Speaking to the Spanish media, official sources state that such expert counterfeiting work could cost up to €10,000 on the black market.