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15 people detained after an inspection of an agricultural farm in Águilas

ETT workers used falsified documents or documents provided by third parties, who were paid for the transfer and also paid social security contributions without actually doing any work.

Agents of the National Police have arrested fifteen people, all of them men of different nationalities: Nigeria, Ghana and Morocco, aged between 30 and 59 years old, as alleged perpetrators of crimes of false documentation or usurpation of civil status.

The investigators learned that, in a temporary employment company located in Orihuela (Alicante), several of its workers in agricultural work were usurping the identity of other people or using false documentation. This is a situation of illegal employment that contravenes labour legislation and produces an obvious fraud against Social Security.

The investigation culminated in an extensive police operation carried out on an agricultural farm, located in Águilas (Murcia), where most of the workers of the aforementioned ETT had gone. This inspection resulted in the identification of 34 workers, mostly foreigners, who entered the farm on board two buses. During the identification process, 13 of the workers tried to pass themselves off as other people – who are legally in Spain – by presenting falsified documentation, in particular residence and work permits. In addition to the truthful documentation presented, the investigators were able to establish that 3 workers were not the real holders.

After all these investigations, the agents proceeded to arrest 15 people, some for falsification of documents and others for usurpation of civil status. After their statements were taken, they were all released pending summons by the judicial authorities. Efforts are still underway to locate some of those under investigation and the people who have given their documents to the arrested workers.

Investigation and inspection carried out by investigators of the Unit Against Illegal Immigration Networks and Documentary Falsity – UCRIF – of the Provincial Brigade of Foreigners and Borders, belonging to the Superior Police Headquarters of the Region of Murcia.

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