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Tanzanian expat busted for forgery; Charges KD 4,000 for ID change


An official inspects the seized items

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 2: A Tanzanian expatriate was arrested in Salmiya area for forging Kuwaiti passports and civil IDs as well as a number of documents associated with various governmental authorities and local banks.

In a press statement issued by Ministry of Interior on Friday, Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Security Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Abdulhameed Al-Awadhi revealed that the Department of Crimes against Public Funds affiliated to the General Department for Criminal Evidences arrested the suspect, born in 1963, in possession of forged passports of four different countries (Kuwait, Tanzania, Iraq and Eritrea) under his name.

Major General Al-Awadhi explained that the ministry had received information from one of its secret sources about the suspect’s criminal activities related to producing forged Kuwaiti passports, personal IDs associated with the Central System for Remedying the Status of Illegal Residents (CSRSIR), driving licenses, birth certificates and various official documents of governmental authorities and local banks in a professional manner such that it is difficult to differentiate them from the original.

The ministry was also informed that the suspect charged large sums of money of up to KD 4,000 from wanted individuals involved in civil and criminal cases in order to give different identities to them by providing them with IDs and official documents that have their photographs but different names.

Major General Al-Awadhi went on to explain that a team was formed to investigate based on the information provided by the secret source. After confirming that the information is true, necessary legal measures were taken to arrest him and raid his residence.

The officers arrested him in his apartment in Salmiya area. When they raided the apartment, they found more than 45 forged seals of governmental offices and local banks, 20 Kuwaiti passports, stamps of different values, stencils, travel documents, documents associated with Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior, equipment and materials used for forging documents and making IDs, computers and USB flash drives with documents and photographs.

The officers referred the suspect with the confiscated items to the concerned authorities for investigations and necessary legal action against him.

Major General Al-Awadhi revealed that further investigations are ongoing to determine who worked with him to carry out these crimes and who used his services to obtain forged documents and IDs. He thanked all the officers and their supervisors who assisted in investigating the case and arresting the suspect, describing the case as “the biggest forgery case discovered so far by the Criminal Security Sector”.

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