Tonga Police have detained a 43-year-old Kolofo’ou man on August 2 for possessing two fake passports.

He was charged with two counts of knowingly dealing with forged documents.

The accused has been bailed and his case was adjourned to 16 October 2017, Police said.

Police continued searching for others who had been involved in the fraud activities.

“This is the second case where the misuse of the Ministry of Justice’s system to create false birth certificates [occurred]”, Deputy Police Commissioner ‘Unga Fa’aoa said.

Five other people who got involved in the case had already been sent to jail, he said.

“This is an important investigation to stamp out all fraudulent passport activities intended for locals and foreigners.”

“The Passport Taskforce is working closely with Ministry of Justice, Tonga Immigration and National Identity Cards Office in combating crimes of identity fraud.”

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