Construction Skills Card Forgers Jailed
It has been found that the CSCS card has been forged.
Along with other ID cards. In order to sell to illegal immigrants and criminals. Two men have now been jailed.
As part of a three-year-long card investigation; Medi Krasniqi, 47, and Arsen Meci, 26, have been caught due to dealing with false documentation.
Krasniqi was found to have been acting as a broker for an Albanian led operation. This involved taking information and payment from the clients who wanted the fake IDs.
Clients were paying around £80 to £500 for the personalised documents. This was also including Construction Skills Cards.
Arsen Meci was the ‘master forger’. Working from the bedroom of his East Finchley flat.
The pair were finally arrested when they were caught handing over documents in a cafe last October in North London. Around 70 completed cards were in their possession.
Once arrested, the pairs’ properties were searched. This resulted in a seizure of £12,000 in cash found hidden behind an oven and a forgery factory. Computers, laminators, professional printing equipment and a number of photos, blank cards and fake passports were ready to be made.
When their computers were examined, they were found to contain more than 8000 templates. They also contained images for cards entitling the bearer to work in the construction industry. Identity cards and driving licences for numerous EU countries such were also found.
Krasniqi and Meci, both pleaded guilty to conspiring to produce false identity documents. As well as possession of false ID and money laundering charges. Krasniqi was jailed for five and a half years and Meci for six and a half and also faces deportation after he has served his sentence.
Carl Eade, the Senior Investigating Officer from the NCA, said. “Krasniqi and Meci were prolific forgers and could supply almost any form of ID.
“These documents were designed to be used to help people obtain work or services they weren’t qualified for or entitled to. Their clients would typically include criminals and people who were in the UK illegally.
“They are the final two members of a wider north-London based criminal network to be jailed.
“Our three-year investigation into this series of Albanian-led forgery cells has now led to 17 convictions and a total of 68 years of jail sentences being handed out.”
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