Greece: Police officers implicated in major passport scam

Authorities in Greece say six police officers and 27 other people are under investigation in a major passport fraud case that included issuing Greek state identity documents under false pretenses to criminal fugitives from abroad

ATHENS, Greece -- Six police officers and 27 other people are under investigation in a major passport fraud case that included issuing Greek state identity documents under false pretenses to criminal fugitives from abroad, Greek authorities said Friday.

The police’s internal affairs division said 38 state identity cards and 31 passports issued between 2016 and 2018 had been canceled as a result of the investigation.

Payments of between 5,000 and 40,000 euros ($5,400 and $43,200) were allegedly made for each illegal identity document, most issued using the names of Greek citizens living abroad who had not renewed their passports.

Police did not say whether any of the 33 suspects have been formally arrested.