Albanian national at centre of fake ID gang is jailed and will be deported

An Albanian national at the heart of a fake ID distribution ring has been jailed for more than 5 years.

Arsen Baculi, 23, was arrested by National Crime Agency officers in East London on Tuesday 8 February 2018 after picking up a stash of counterfeit documents, including a Greek passport and ID card with his picture on.

Police also found some cocaine when they raided his flat in London’s East Ham.

Mark McCormack, NCA Branch Commander, said: “False identity documents are a key enabler of criminality in the United Kingdom.

“The type of documents Baculi was involved in distributing could be used to open bank accounts for money laundering, or to help people illegally gain work or access services in the UK.

“But their use could also have dangerous consequences were unqualified individuals to use them to gain employment in areas such as construction or driving.

“Arresting and prosecuting those individuals involved in the supply of these documents will make it harder for criminals to ply their trade and help to safeguard the public.”

The good thing about all this is that Baculi will face deportation when he’s released from prison. It demonstrates once again why our police and security services must be backed.