Bulgarian Officials Caught Selling Passports for Bitcoin
A recent report has it that some Bulgarian Government officials involved in the sales of international passport to foreigners have been arrested along with there accomplices. The report made it known that in order to avoid getting traced when caught, the payment method used is Bitcoin.
Bulgaria is Part of the European Union
Bulgaria was added to the European Union in 2007. As a result of this addition, citizens of the country are allowed to enter any of the European Union member states with little or no restrictions. Since getting a passport signifies that you are a citizen of that particular country, paying for a passport by foreigners also guarantees similar rights. The report made it known that foreigners from countries such as Ukraine, Moldova, and Macedonia seem to be the most prominent ones involved in the operation.
Officials are in Police Net
It was also reported that the government officials involved in the sales of passport to foreigners have so far been apprehended. Among those apprehended is the Bulgarian State Agency for Bulgarians’ matters abroad Peter Haralampiev, General Secretary Krasimir Tomov and the member of the agency Mark Stoyov.
This was made known through a statement from the Chief Prosecutor of the State Ivan Geshev.
He stated that:
“Peter Haralampiev, Krasimir Tomov, and Mark Stoyov have been arrested for fraud with the issuance of Bulgarian passports to Ukrainian, Moldovan and Macedonian citizens.”
The arrested government officials have however made it known through their various lawyers that they are not guilty of the charges filed against them.
A report has also made it known that the Prosecutor General has more than enough evidence to keep these government officials in prison
Another report has also made it known that about 20 suspects have been arrested in relations to the forging and sales of Bulgarian passport to foreigners from nearby countries.