Bulgarian passport scam

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Publication Date 31/10/2018
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Bulgarian prosecutors said on Monday (29 October 2018) they have broken up a scam run by state officials which had enabled thousands of foreigners to obtain Bulgarian passports for cash — and with them visa-free travel across the EU. More than 20 people including state officials have been arrested. Buyers from nearby non-EU countries are said to have paid up to $5,690 (£4,445) for fake certificates of Bulgarian origin.

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The country grants an average of 10,000 naturalisations every year, most of them on this basis of heredity. But the country tightened its naturalisation rules in May 2017, requiring applicants to prove that at least one of their parent or grandparent is Bulgarian.

Related Links
BBC News, 29.10.18: Bulgaria 'smashes fake passport scam' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46021561
Euronews, 30.10.18: Bulgaria arrests in probe into EU passport fraud https://www.euronews.com/2018/10/30/bulgaria-arrests-in-probe-into-eu-passport-fraud
Balkan Insight, 30.10.18: Bulgaria Arrests Citizenship-Selling Scam Suspects http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/more-than-20-people-arrested-for-allegedly-selling-bulgarian-citizenship-10-29-2018
EurActiv, 30.10.18: Thousands obtained EU citizenship for €5000 in Bulgarian scam https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/thousands-obtained-eu-citizenship-for-e5000-in-bulgarian-scam/

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