Oleksandr Sukhoviy, who has been jailed for six years for his role in a gang that supplied forged documents, including CSCS cards for construction workers. Photo: National Crime Agency.
The National Crime Agency has secured a fifth conviction of a member of a gang responsible for making and supplying false identity documents, including CSCS cards and passports for illegal immigrants. He is Ukrainian. He was been jailed for six years.
Oleksandr Sukhoviy, 39, was arrested by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers at his home address in Slough in October 2018. The arrest followed an investigation into an industrial-scale forgery factory operating from Stratford, East London.
The factory was run by fellow Ukrainian Sergiy Mykhaylov and was set up with computers and printers capable of producing tens of thousands of documents.
Mykhaylov ran an online business through which he received orders and would distribute documents to customers all over the UK.
NCA officers recovered more than 3,000 completed identity documents when they raided the factory last year. They found 3,500 passport style photos and 300 Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) cards, as well as 40,000 blank cards and £15,000 in cash.
Sukhoviy was one of several individuals acting as a distributor of documents for Mykhaylov. £11,000 in cash of various currencies was discovered at his home following his arrest.
He initially denied charges of conspiring to commit fraud using false identity documents but last month (February), just weeks before his trial at Kingston Crown Court was due to start, he changed his plea to guilty. On Monday 11 March he was sentenced to six years in prison.
His is the fifth conviction linked to the forgery gang, with jail sentences totalling more than 27 years having been handed out.
NCA branch commander Mark McCormack says: “This sentencing is the culmination of an investigation that has dismantled a whole supply chain for false identity documents, from the street-level dealer, the middle-market distributors, all the way to the actual forger.
“False identity documents are a key enabler of criminality and affect the economic wellbeing of the United Kingdom.
"The type of things produced by this network could be used for money laundering or to help people gain work or access services in the UK illegally, but may also lead to dangerous consequences, especially if people claim they are qualified workers in construction or transport when they are not.
“We are determined to target the organised criminal networks involved in the creation and distribution of false documents to make it harder for criminals to ply their trade and help to safeguard the public.”