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The combined efforts of the Spanish National Police, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Interpol put an end to the fraudulent activities of an organization that forged the diplomas and certificates that applicants for Spanish nationality are required to obtain.

More than 30 people were arrested and 1,667 clients who paid 1,000 to 4,500 € to the association were identified.

Of these, some 1,380 are thought to have already obtained the Fraudulent Language (DELE) or Cultural Knowledge (CCSE) titles, which are issued by the Cervantes Institute under the mandate of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Justice.

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One of the leaders of the criminal network is currently under arrest in the United Kingdom.

29 others were arrested in Barcelona.

According to a report released on Friday, the Barcelona-based criminal organization falsified the Spanish Cervantes Institute’s oral and written tests for people who lacked the knowledge to pass.

€ 50,000 in cash, 29 cell phones, 12 laptops and extensive documentation – including hundreds of fraudulent diplomas – were seized during the operation.

The Cervantes Institute reported a series of DELE and CCSE-related scams in 2018.

In November 2020, Spain’s national police arrested 25 people in several provinces for overriding the identity of legal resident aliens during tests to obtain the DELE.

The information obtained during this operation enabled investigators to dismantle the Barcelona network.


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