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IrelandProbe uncovers taxi licence scam involving 180 non-EU nationals

05:50  06 march  2019
05:50  06 march  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Gardaí have uncovered evidence of a major scam in which 180 non-EU nationals obtained taxi licences using fraudulent PSV applications despite having no legal status in this country.

The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) searched several residential addresses across Dublin where it is suspected false documentation, including SPSV applications, are being produced as part of a massive immigration fraud.

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A Garda investigation has found that 180 non - EU nationals are operating taxis using fake licences . According to the Irish Independent, the scam was uncovered after four drivers were found to be operating taxis through fraudulent SPSV licence applications. Several searches were carried out at

Gardaí have uncovered evidence of a major scam in which 180 non - EU nationals obtained taxi licences using fraudulent PSV applications despite having no legal status in this country. The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) searched several residential addresses across Dublin where it is

The taxi scam came to light after four taxi drivers, all non-EU nationals, were discovered driving taxis with licences obtained through fraudulent SPSV licence applications.

Two of the drivers have been deported and the others are awaiting deportation. In one case an illegal immigrant from the Indian sub-continent, who had no qualifications to drive a taxi, was discovered to be using the identity of another non-EU national who had obtained EU Treaty rights.

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Gardaí have uncovered evidence of a major scam in which 180 non - EU nationals obtained taxi licences using fraudulent PSV applications despite having no legal status in this country. The Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) searched several residential addresses across Dublin where it is

Niall Boylan discussed the news as reported by Paul Williams in the Independent that Gardaí have uncovered evidence of a major scam in which " 180 non - EU nationals obtained taxi licences using fraudulent PSV applications despite having no legal status in this country."

However, sources say that the operation, which is headed by GNIB boss Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Dowling, is in its early stages and is expected the trawl will reveal the involvement of "possibly many more" individuals.

A major part of the enquiry will focus on how these individuals managed to get through the taxi licensing system and obtain SPSV driver licences, which permits the holder to drive a taxi, hackney or limousine.

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Gardaí have uncovered evidence of a major scam in which 180 non - EU nationals obtained taxi licences using fraudulent PSV applications despite having no legal status in this country.

Meanwhile, the probe claims to have revealed how a press officer paid by Leave.EU drafted a press release in the name of the campaign group Labour Gardaí have uncovered evidence of a major scam in which 180 non - EU nationals obtained taxi licences using fraudulent PSV applications

It is understood that officers uncovered a significant amount of evidence in the searches, which took place at addresses in Dublin's north inner city, Lucan and Palmerstown.

In a statement released last night, Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on transport Robert Troy said this issue exposes a "severe weakness" in the National Transport Authority's system for processing taxi licences.

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