The Budapest Prosecutor’s Office has charged eight people with forging Hungarian passports for 76 people from non-European Union countries.
Public Prosecutor Tibor Ibolya said the passports, which contained their owners’ photographs and fingerprints but the personal data of ethnic Hungarians with Hungarian citizenships, were made for Ukrainian, Russian, Belorussian and Albanian people.
The criminal organisation included two public servants working in offices issuing documents for Hungarians.
The case was investigated by the National Protective Service as it represented a significant security risk, Ibolya said.
One of the accused was charged with 49 counts of bribery. Besides that, this person and seven others were charged with forgery and use of official documents and people smuggling.
The prosecutor’s office has requested prison sentences and fines for six of the accused. The office also requested that the office employees be banned from their profession for good.
The office worker accused of bribery is facing five to ten years in prison, the statement said.
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