The Guardia Civil have arrested two people who ran businesses in the Murcia region that charged up to 300 euros to get non-Spaniards registered on the muncipal padrón in Los Alcázares.

The Guardia have been running an operation against scams and in September, as previously reported by The Courier, a  58-year-old Spaniard from Torre Pacheco who charged foreigners to illegally register at the same address on the Los Alcázares padrón was arrested.

His ruse was rumbled after 60 foreigners, mainly from the Indian sub-continent, were all declared as living at the same farm belonging to his mother, who had died earlier in 2017.

The latest arrests come as part of five detentions by the Guardia to break up a criminal gang that infringed workers rights, as well as faking documents.

The bogus padrón registrations allowed people to get access to health and welfare benefits, and to get a residency certificate.

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