Fifty foreigners submitted the same address in Sliema as their official residence in their applications to Identity Malta.

Thirty five Libyans, five Ukrainians and a number of Slovak, British, French and Chinese nationals were allegedly charged between €150 and €350 each to use the apartment in Windsor Street as their official residence address when they applied for official documentation such as identity cards, visas and residence permits.

The potential racket surfaced during a police investigation into the possession of forged documents by a Libyan national after Identity Malta flagged the matter.

The investigation led to the arrest and arraignment of Abdarrhim Osman, a 25-year-old Libyan who holds subsidiary humanitarian protection. He was charged with possession and use of forged documents.

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