2 Indians defrauded in visa scam

•    The suspects, from left, Raj Pal and Adu Alex Odei.

• The suspects, from left, Raj Pal and Adu Alex Odei.

An Indian and a Ghanaian pastor who allegedly lured two other Indians into the country under the pretext of securing them European visas, have been arrested.

Raj Pal, 39, and his accomplice, Adu Alex Odei, 31, pastor of Believers Power Ministry at Amasaman, were said to have collected USD $18,000 and 1,750 Euros from the victims but failed to deliver on the deal.

Rather, Raj is said to have contacted the Ghana Immigration Service to deport the victims after their Ghanaian visas expired.

The Head of the Documentation and Visa Section of the Ghana Police Service Fraud Unit, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Seth Sewornu, disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.

He said in September last year, Pal lured the complainants, Gurvinder Singh and Atinder Pal Singh, from Indian to Ghana under the pretext of securing visas for them to travel to the United States of America or Europe.

DSP Sewornu said that Pal collected USD $18,000 from Gurvinder and 1,750 Euros from Atinder Pal, as well as their passports to secure the visas for them.

Pal later informed the complainants that the visas were ready but they had to pay an extra USD$5,000 before he would hand over the passports to them.

“Raj then gave the complainants photocopies of the supposed visas as a proof of his assertion,” he added.

DSP Sewornu said the complainants, who doubted the authenticity of the visas, reported the matter to the police at the DVSFU, and when Pal was arrested, he mentioned Odei as the one he gave USD$4,000 out of money to be used in processing the visas.

Odei, for his part, claimed he gave the money to one Emmanuel to secure the visas.

DSP Sewornu stated that when the copies of the USA and Schengen visas were verified and found to be forged, the two culprits admitted to the offence and promised to refund the money in two weeks.

DSP Sewornu said that the two have been charged with defrauding by false pretence.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi     

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