The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt am Main – Central Office for Combating Internet Crime (ZIT) – and the Federal Police Inspection for Combating Crime in Halle (Saale) searched four properties in Magdeburg on January 20th, 2021. A total of around 220 search and investigative officers from the Federal Police were involved in the operation.
The measures were directed against three Germans between the ages of 23 and 24 who are suspected of having been selling forged documents under the pseudonym “FakeID-Dobby” on various darknet marketplaces since at least June 2018. The offer of the accused is said to have included prescriptions, provisional German ID cards and ID documents from Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, which were advertised on “Wall Street Market” and on “crimenetwork.co” as well as various messenger services should. Most of the payment was made in the crypto currency Bitcoin. Overall, the accused are said to have made a profit of around 45,000 euros through the acts.
Yesterday’s measures were preceded by extensive investigations by the ZIT and the Federal Police Inspection for Combating Crime in Halle (Saale) in cooperation with the Federal Criminal Police Office, which had been ongoing since 2019, and which had been initiated after the discovery of offers for sale of forged documents on the Darknet. As a result of the intensive investigations that followed, the identity of the suspects could be clarified and further sales transactions allegedly committed by them were established.
In the course of the searches that took place in the apartments of the three accused in Magdeburg and in an office in Magdeburg that is said to have been used as a forgery workshop, extensive evidence was found, including numerous data carriers and forgery utensils such as printers, printer plates, seals, chemicals and Foil elements.
Following the measures, the two 24-year-old main accused were brought to Hesse, where the arrest warrants issued against them by the Giessen District Court for joint, commercial forgery of documents in 140 cases are announced today. The 23-year-old accused was released after the on-site measures were completed.
If convicted, the three suspects with no previous convictions face a total prison sentence of several years. The law provides for acts of commercial falsification of a sentence of six months to ten years imprisonment.