Police investigate people for visa fraud

Thirteen people are being investigated by the Documentation and Visa Fraud Unit (DVFU) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for allegedly presenting forged documents to embassies for visas to European countries.

The suspects, who were job seekers and arrested in last month, were said to have submitted fake bank statements, marriage certificates, and introductory letters from organisations among others.

The Director of DVFU, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) James Kofi Abraham, disclosed these to the Ghanaian Times in Accra.

He stated that the embassies (names withheld) alerted the police on the issue, and the suspects were arrested to assist in investigations.

He said suspects who would be found culpable would be put before court for forgery.

ASP Abraham said the criminal code section 159 stipulate that whoever forges any document whatsoever with intent to defraud or injure any person or with intent to evade the requirements commits a crime.

He said suspects, who were arrested by the police early this year for similar offence, were facing prosecution at the courts.

ASP Abraham said the unit records over 10 cases of passport and visa fraud within a week, which needs to be reduced.

He cautioned applicants to desist from submitting forged documents for visas, and urged the public to contact recognised organisations and embassies for their visas and passports.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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