Shadwell poser who forged documents jailed

A MAN who posed for pictures of himself with cash made from forging identity documents has been jailed for four years after he was arrested during a routine operation.

Plattini Stalone de la Torre Cordoso, 22, of Christian Street, Shadwell, was arrested by officers conducting a stop and search operation at Elephant and Castle Tube station in July.

In his possession were two forged Portuguese ID cards and two forged Portuguese driving licences.

British Transport Police officers searching his flat found equipment for producing forged passports, identity cards and National Insurance number cards, including stamps, embossers, printers, blank cards, holograms and paper cutters.

Also found in the flat were over 400 capsules of Fenproporex, a Class C controlled drug and pictures of Cordoso posing with large amounts of cash.

An investigation found that bank accounts had been set up using the forged documents and these would be sold on as a ‘package’.

Investigating officer Det Con Jerry Meek, of BTP’s Organised and Financial Crime Unit, said: “Cordoso was at the forefront of an operation forging identity documents. He was caught red handed by BTP officers with false cards in his pocket and had a flat full of equipment used for this crime.

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“The pictures we found of Cordoso show his complete disregard for the law.

“Forging documents plays a part in the much larger picture of criminality across the country and Cordoso’s sentence reflects this.”

Sentencing Cordoso at Blackfriar’s Crown Court on Wednesday, December 15, Judge John Hillen said: “You are the source of a great deal of criminality for those in need of false IDs. The documents facilitate fraud at banks and entitle benefits and clothe the criminal in a false identity which cannot be detected. You have no control of this.

“This could include international crime and terrorism.”

Cordoso pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing false identification documents, one count of possessing apparatus for making false documents and one of possessing a controlled substance. A further charge of possession of articles to commit fraud will lie on file.

He will be deported to Brazil following his sentence.