16 Bulgarian customs officers suspected of having fake diplomas


16 customs officers with the Svilengrad customs are suspected of having fake diplomas.
Ten of the customs officers were sitting a state exam on a day when they were at work, according to the Agency's system. The other six were on a 12-hour night shift just before taking an exam.
In July 2012 due to a new classifier of the positions in the public administration more than 500 employees with the National Customs Agency had to be either dismissed from their posts, or hired as public servants, if they presented a higher education diploma. Almost half of them - 250 people - presented a diploma for higher education and were appointed as public servants, explained the press center of the National Customs Agency.
The 250 diplomas were handed to the Ministry of Education to verify their authenticity. About a month and a half ago the Agency received information about four fake diplomas - two from Sofia Airport customs, one from Sofia customs and one from Svilengrad customs. All four employees were dismissed.
The Ministry of Education is yet to send information about the authenticity of the 16 suspicious diplomas. If they turn out to be fake, the employees will be dismissed and the cases will be referred to the Prosecutor's Office. The employees will the fined their monthly salaries for the respective period. The check is ongoing.