Bulgarian fraudsters use fake Sylvester Stallone passport as ad for forgery services

The passport in Sylvester Stallone's name was found during a search of one of the gang-members' homes in the central city of Plovdiv.
The passport in Sylvester Stallone's name was found during a search of one of the gang-members' homes in the central city of Plovdiv.PHOTO: AFP

SOFIA (AFP) - A Bulgarian criminal gang used a fake passport in the name of the Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone to advertise its counterfeiting services to potential clients, prosecutors said on Friday (Jan 29).

Four gang members were charged with counterfeiting-related crimes, with two other men charged with other offences, prosecutors said in a statement.

The passport in Stallone's name - giving the Rocky (1976 to 2018) actor Bulgarian nationality - was found during a search of one of the gang-members' homes in the central city of Plovdiv.

Prosecutors believe it "was shown to customers as an example of the high quality of their workmanship" in faking documents.

The search was part of a police operation conducted last week in several Bulgarian regions with the participation of agents of the United States Secret Service and assisted by Europol.

Apart from the Stallone passport and other fake Bulgarian identity documents and drivers' licences, thousands of high-quality counterfeit 100-euro and 50-dollar bills were seized.