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Garda suspended over suspected role in gang's passport fraud

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Stock photo: PA

Stock photo: PA

Stock photo: PA

A garda sergeant has been suspended from duty following an investigation into a fraudulent passport racket.

The scandal was uncovered after months of inquiries carried out by detectives from the national bureau of criminal investigation (NBCI), the Irish Independent has learned.

Officers believe a criminal gang has obtained a series of forged passports, containing the identity details of innocent people, to allow them to travel overseas without arousing the suspicion of gardaí.