Gardai have smashed an organised crime gang linked to an international identity fraud network operating in at least seven European jurisdictions.

The gang were charging “customers” up to €400 each for bogus papers.

Officers from the National Immigration Bureau uncovered the network’s Irish base yesterday and seized a haul of suspected false documentation, phones, financial records and cash.

The international group, which is under investigation for identity fraud in at least seven European jurisdictions, is reckoned to have netted an estimated €500,000 in payments over the past couple of years.

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