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This year Latvia's border guards have detained 30 persons over the use of forged travel papers, seizing 22 counterfeit travel documents and 21 fake motor vehicle documents, State Border Guard told LETA. Furthermore the number of document forgeries is shrinking year by year.
Half of the detained persons had been using fake travel documents: passports, ID cards, visas and residence permits of various EU member states.
Of these persons, 90% were citizens of third countries who had been traveling on counterfeit documents to get into the Schengen Area.
Seven citizens of Belarus, three citizens of Lithuania, a Russian citizen, a Chinese citizen, a Polish citizen, a German citizen, as well as an Uzbek citizen were detained for using counterfeit motor vehicle documents: driver’s licenses, registration certificates, road worthiness certificates and other documents.
The Border Guard also published statistics over the number of forged documents detected on Latvia's borders.
A total 149 forged documents were discovered at the Latvian border in 2016, as opposed to 175 in 2015 and 224 in 2013.