A woman from Preston and two other men have been charged with an alleged identity card scam following a Sunday Mirror investigation.
The 27-year-old woman has been remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on 15 April 2014.
Police and immigration officers caught the Preston woman in planned raids last Friday night and charged them with possession or control of an identity document with improper intent.
The Sunday Mirror’s investigation began after they were tipped off that identity cards were allegedly being sold to illegal immigrants. This led to a series of meetings with a gang from the North West of England.
The evidence was passed to Greater Manchester Police and the Immigration Enforcement, who launched Operation Coyote.
The newspaper says a final meeting took place in Preston and moments after it ended police and immigration officers raided the property and arrested a man and woman.
At the same time a raid took place at a property in Eccles, Manchester, where another man was arrested.
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