Kinahan gang using homeless men for passport scam
It has been reported that Kinahan cartel thugs are paying destitute homeless men just €200 for their passports.
The Irish Sun have reported that the gardai's National Bureau of Criminal Investigation are now carrying out a major probe following their discovery.
Reports indicate that cartel thugs have been approaching vulnerable men living on Dublin's streets.
They get the men to complete a passport application form, which includes giving over their PPS number, before having the document stamped by gardai.
The form is then sent in with a picture of a gangster instead of the homeless man.
The passports are known as 'fraudulently-obtained genuine passports'.
Reports indicate that gardai have already established that the criminals have been forging signatures and using a fake stamp on the passport photographs.
Detectives are now examining passports issued to Dublin men aged between 18 and 30 in the last year and have already identified some names which have been circulated to Europol.
Criminals from the UK, Ireland Holland and Spain have been using Irish passports to travel the world, according to the NBCI.