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One arrested by Police Passport Taskforce

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08th August, 2017 The Passport Taskforce terminated another passport fraudulent activity investigation involving forged Tongan birth certificate.

On Wednesday 2 August 2017, Tonga Police Passport Taskforce members with Tonga CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) executed three search warrants and arrested a 43 year old Tongan male from Kolofo‟ou who obtained two passports using forged documents.

He was charged with 2 counts of knowingly dealing with forged documents. The accused has been bailed and case is now adjourned to the 16 October 2017.

This is the second case where the misuse of the Ministry of Justice‟s system to create false birth certificates. The five accused persons in the first case have all been sentenced to imprisonment terms.

The head of the Passport Taskforce, Acting Police Commissioner „Unga Fa‟aoa said, “This is an important investigation to stamp out all fraudulent passport activities intended for locals and foreigners.”

The investigation continues into others who facilitated and involved in this case.

The Passport Taskforce is working closely with Ministry of Justice, Tonga Immigration and National Identity Cards Office in combating crimes of identity fraud.

ENDS

Issued by the: Tonga Police Media & Communication Officer, Tonga Police Headquarters, Longolongo, (676) 23 318, (676) 23 323 Fax: (676) 23 036; for media enquiries – Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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