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Man charged in connection with fake passport supply

|News, International and organised crime

A man has been charged with offences relating to his alleged involvement in a criminal passport supply gang.

John Davies, head of the CPS Organised Crime Division, said: “The CPS has authorised charges against Christopher McCormack, 66, following a review of a file of evidence submitted by the National Crime Agency.

"He is charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, money laundering, and two counts of making a false instrument. He will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr McCormack are active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a criminal court to consider.

The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

Notes to editors

  • Christopher McCormack - DOB: 01/10/1955, from Lewisham, is charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, converting criminal property and two counts of conspiracy to make false instruments.

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