Couple jailed for forged ID cards

Jailed: Valentin Babtan and below, Andreea Necula
Jailed: Valentin Babtan and below, Andreea Necula
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A couple who ran a forged identity card business from their home in Preston have been jailed.

Romanian nationals Valentin Babtan and Andreea Necula, of The Mill, Great Shaw Street, were sent to prison for 12 months and 10 months respectively.

Andreea Necula

Andreea Necula

A third member of the gang, Vasile Gheorghe, also from Romania, but living in Mather Road, Eccles, Manchester, was given a 14-month sentence by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

All three pleaded guilty to supplying false documents following a Home Office investigation.

The court heard the trio were offering forged Romanian and Italian identity cards and driving licences for up to £2,000 each.

They were all arrested in March when Home Office criminal investigators, acting on information received from the public and other sources, raided properties in Eccles and Preston.

During the raid they seizing a bundle of the fake documents and a quantity of cash.

Dave Magrath, from Home Office Criminal Investigations, said: “This case sends a clear message to the gangs involved in this sort of organised criminality.

“The Home Office’s crime teams have the skills and resources to track you down.

“Dealing in false documents is a serious offence, whether the motive is to bypass immigration laws, cheat the benefits system or defraud banks.

“Those who think they can profit from abusing the system should know that they will be caught.”

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse is urged to contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.