Bulgarian Officials Issuing Passport For Cryptocurrency, Arrested. Erring citizens of Ukraine, Moldova, and Macedonia paid employees of the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad in cryptocurrency. For the illegal provision of Bulgarian passports. Three officials of the state agency were arrested by the Bulgarian police. The officials were taken into custody for illegally granting Bulgarian citizenship and issuing passports to foreigners.
Ivan Geshev, the chief prosecutor of Bulgaria, said, “The money was paid in cryptocurrency, and we can prove it”, while the defense of the accused denied their clients’ involvement in the receipt of unauthorized payments. Therefore, the defense said that there is no evidence from the law enforcement agencies to prove the involvement of their clients in the scandal.
Among those who were apprehended by the Prosecutor’s General Office, are Bulgarian State Agency for Bulgarians’. Matters abroad Peter Haralampiev, General Secretary Krasimir Tomov, and a member of the agency Mark Stoyov. Bulgarian Officials Issuing Passport For Cryptocurrency, Arrested.
Bulgaria has been a member of the European Union for more than ten years. The EU passport provides citizens of other EU member states with the concession of traveling and living within the territories of the EU with little or no restriction. For this reason, citizens of neighboring nations strive to acquire a Bulgarian passport, sometimes even bypassing the law. Hence, The business of selling fake passports is being leveraged by several illegal immigrants who are keen on obtaining papers to enter EU countries. The Europol has recently busted an underground syndicate in Greece with a branch in the Czech Republic in 2016.
The scandal has put the government in a compromising predicament. But the Vice Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Valeri Simeonov. Has categorically said that he has no intention of resigning from office as of yet.