117 convicted for regularisation fraud

In Kortrijk, 117 people have been found guilty of charges relating to regularisation fraud. Most of them are of Moroccan descent. They tried to legalise their stay in Belgium by using false certificates. Among those found guilty, is a dentist from Waregem.

The facts go back to the period between September 2009 and December 2009. In order to give their application more body, the accused added false documents to their file in order to boost their chances to get a permanent residence permit.

The case involved a complete network, with the network leaders selling certificates. These were supplied by persons that took part in the whole scam, including a dentist from Waregem. He is believed to have written fake medical notes that had to prove that the applicants had been staying in Belgium for a longer time.

Most of the defendants did not show up in court.