An investigation into illegal Chinese immigrants launched by the German police has ended with an Inca restaurateur and ten others being arrested and six properties, including five Chinese restaurantss being raided by the National Police. The Home Office announced yesterday that National Police chiefs in Madrid and Palma have successfully busted the illegal Chinese immigration scam. Alarm bells were raised when German police tipped Interpol off about an attempt to slip illegal immigrants through Frankfurt airport on May 12 this year. Four Chinese suspects were arrested, three immigrants and the fourth resident in Inca who police have since claimed is the brains behind a scam to introduce illegal immigrants into Spain and provide them with fake documents. The three Chinese immigrants were returned home to China where they told police that the Inca restaurateur had travelled to Germany to help them get their fake documents. One was also to be employed at a Chinese restaurant in Inca. Police believe the prime suspect was helping illegal Chinese immigrants gain access to a number of European Union countries. Before arriving in Spain they would be given a photocopy of a report claiming that their residency permit had been lost and on arrival in Madrid, would head to the embassy to apply for a new Chinese passport, also armed with a photocopy of a fake work permit and would receive an automatic renewal of their residency and work permits. All this would cost the immigrant 12'000 euros and once in the clear in Spain, would be forced to work as cheap labour, in textile sweat shops or restaurants to raise the necessary funds to clear their debt. The investigation continues.


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