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Nine arrested for forging shipping certificates in India

Nine arrested for forging shipping certificates in India

Mumbai: Nine people have been arrested for their involvement in forging documents including Continuous Discharge Certificates (CDCs) for prospective sailors, The Press Trust of India reports. The CDC is usually issued by authorities in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata and is required by candidates who want to work in the shipping industry.

'The agents would charge about Rs 50,000 to 60,000 (approx $100-1250) for the certificates while a candidate would end up spending close to Rs 1 lakh ($2050) to obtain the CDC legitimately," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Port Zone) Madhukar Kohe said. "The quality of the fake certificates was very good and we have now recommended to the shipping authorities that like passports, the CDC should be a machine readable document to ensure fake documents cannot be used."

In addition to CDCs for India, police seized CDCs from Panama, Bahamas and Liberia, over 51,000 fake university graduation certificates from across the country, fake rubber stamps and other equipment used in the manufacture of the certificates.  [08/10/08]