Fake passports,visa contractors busted

xxxxTHREE Persons in possession of fake passports and visas have been arrested by the police in an operation yesterday in Accra.

They are Kyere Boakye, also known as Ahmed Musah, 53; Benjamin Ofosu Barimah, also known as Seth Obeng, 32 and Jeffrey Kofi Opare, also called Ayerno Bezale Tayo, 32.

The suspects, according to the police issued fake visas and documents to their victims.

Briefing the media, the Accra Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of police, (ACP), Timothy Y. Bonga, said on June 24, the police had a tip off that a syndicate based in Adabraka, was issuing fake passports and visas to unsuspecting travellers.

He said the police dispatched a team of plain clothe personnel to ascertain the authenticity of the information.

ACP Bonga said a search was conducted on the premises where the alleged business transaction were going on and 153 copies of Ghanaian passports and 44 alleged fake visas of seven countries including United States of America, UK, China, South Africa, Kenya, Iran and Schengen were retrieved.

He said the police also retrieved 22 fake rubber stamps similar to that of Immigration resident permit, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Education Service, Barclays Bank (Krofrom Branch), and Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

ACP Bonga said further interrogation led to the retrieval of many forged stamps and letter heads of state institutions and fake certificates of West Africa Examination Council.

According to the Accra Regional Commander, other items found on the suspects were two embossment machines and a seal of one George Kwasi Barimah of Accra Notary Club, two laptops and seven mobile phones.

Besides, ACP Bonga said the suspects were able to provide any documents their customers request and some of their victims were deported at the point of entry in other countries.

ACP Bonga said investigations were ongoing and cautioned the public against such unscrupulous persons, adding that “genuine visas are only issued by the home offices of the countries you wish to travel to and not by any individual”.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong            

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