20 arrested in visa deal

Twenty people who allegedly submitted fake documents for visa at the German Embassy, have been arrested by the police in Accra.

The suspects made up of students and businessmen, are aged between 25 and 45 years. They were said to have produced fake bank statements to the embassy.

The Head of the Documentation Fraud Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Seth Sewornu disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in an interview in Accra yesterday.

He said the embassy made a report to the police and the applicants were arrested at the Embassy with the fake documents and their passports retrieved.

Investigations revealed they contracted the services of middleman in their activities.

DSP Sewornu said most of them opened bank accounts with a banking firm and later produced their own statements for the Visa and listed money’s in their accounts which did not tally with what they had at the bank.

He said they would be processed for court, charged with forgery of documents.

DSP Sewornu called on prospective travellers to go through genuine channels in acquiring their visas.


By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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