SOFIA (AFP) – A Bulgarian legal gang used a pretend passport within the identify of the Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone to promote its counterfeiting companies to potential shoppers, prosecutors mentioned on Friday (Jan 29).
4 gang members have been charged with counterfeiting-related crimes, with two different males charged with different offences, prosecutors mentioned in an announcement.
The passport in Stallone’s identify – giving the Rocky (1976 to 2018) actor Bulgarian nationality – was discovered throughout a search of one of many gang-members’ houses within the central metropolis of Plovdiv.
Prosecutors consider it “was proven to prospects for example of the prime quality of their workmanship” in faking paperwork.
The search was a part of a police operation carried out final week in a number of Bulgarian areas with the participation of brokers of the USA Secret Service and assisted by Europol.
Aside from the Stallone passport and different pretend Bulgarian id paperwork and drivers’ licences, hundreds of high-quality counterfeit 100-euro and 50-dollar payments have been seized.