Two foreign men, one Ukrainian and one Estonian, are suspected of crimes committed with a false identity.
In connection with house searches, property suspected of being stolen in excess of EUR 20,000 and small quantities of drugs have been confiscated.
In addition, it is suspected that credit applications for a total of EUR 36,000 have been made with false personal information.
The crime prevention unit of the Gulf of Finland Coast Guard, which has investigated the case with the Eastern Uusimaa Police Department, reported the suspicions on Monday.
Criminal titles include aggravated counterfeiting, aggravated attempted fraud and a registration offense.
Both suspects are in custody, and charges are expected to be filed by the Coast Guard during September.
- The activity can well be described as cross-border professional and multidisciplinary crime, where false identity serves as a cover to continue to act, seeking to produce other criminal benefits, describes the case's investigating director, Senior Lieutenant Antti Leskelä in a press release.
The true identity was ascertained from information received from Ukraine
The main suspect is a Ukrainian man suspected of having registered in Finland using a fake Bulgarian identity card with a photo and fictitious personal data on it.
The crime is suspected to have taken place at the Helsinki Tax Administration's office in March this year.
A bank account has been opened and a lease agreement has been made for the apartment with the help of the suspected false identity and the related personal identity number.
In addition, according to the Coast Guard, it is suspected that the loan applications were made on the basis of a false identity as well as a genuine identity belonging to another man.
The Estonian man is suspected of being actively involved in the suspected crimes.
The real identity of the Ukrainian man became clear only after requests for information from the Ukrainian authorities.
A forged Bulgarian identity card was seized during the arrest and search.
Technical authentication confirmed that it was counterfeit.