The retired Garda, who was arrested yesterday morning by Gardai from the Roscommon/ Longford division, is suspected of having taken bribes to stamp hundreds of fraudulent immigration applications from Indian and Pakistani applicants, according to the Irish Times.

The suspect, who is aged in his 60s, is suspected of taking money from a “fixer” who brought applicants in large numbers to his Garda station in the Western Region to have their forms stamped.

The then garda allegedly stamped documents, certifying the applicants had submitted the relevant documents required to gain permission to reside and work in the country.

The irregularities first came to light two years ago and the man has since retired from the Garda.

He was arrested yesterday morning and is still being detained this morning under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act.

It is understood the man may have fraudulently stamped forms for several hundred people before the matter came to light.

The alleged scam emerged when officials noticed an unusually high number of forms were being stamped by the same Garda in a county which does not have a particularly high population of non-nationals.

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