Woman Evangelist arrested for visa fraud

Cindy Naa Adoley BrownA woman has been arrested by the Tema Community 8 Police, for allegedly defrauding about 225 people with a promise to get them US visas.

Cindy Naa Adoley Brown, who claims to be an evangelist, was arrested on Sunday, and has since been in police custody.

She baited her victims with the promise that she had links at Ghana’s presidency, the US Embassy and the White House, and could provide them with visas.

The victims, some of whom are said to be Togolese and South Africans, paid various sums of monies to the suspect with the hope of getting visas, but have neither received the visas neither have their monies been refunded to them.

The victims said they paid between GH¢1,000 and GH¢8,000 to the suspect for the visas.

A victim, who claimed to have paid GH¢2,250 to the suspect, told Multi TV; “She has killed our dreams because we wanted to start a future somewhere else”.

A victim who pleaded for anonymity, revealed that they often met with the suspect to discuss how soon they would receive their visas, adding that the meetings  sometimes dragged on from 12 noon to 4 a.m., the following day.

The victims recounted how the suspect often arrived at the meetings with armed military men, who provided her protection from any anticipated attack from disappointed visa applicants.

An investigator, Malverick Lomotey, who received information from the US about the fraudulent activities of Cindy Brown,  pretend-ed to be a prospective visa applicant.

His investigations led to the arrest of Cindy Brown.

An administrator to Cindy  known only as Eric, confessed being part of the scam from the beginning without knowing the whole business was fraudulent.

He said he only organised the visa applicants for meetings with Cindy Brown, and created a whatsapp platform to facilitate  communication, but had no idea that the deal was fraudulent.

He revealed that even on the day Cindy was arrested, they collected as much as GH¢2,000 from some of the victims, and prepared visa application letters for them.

The police are investigating the matter, after which the suspect would be arraigned before court.

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