3 Passport & visa racketeers nabbed
The Accra Regional Police Command has apprehended a three-member gang that has allegedly been producing fake passports and visas and selling them to unsuspecting individuals who wish to travel outside the country.
The men, believed to have been working as a group for the past 13 years, were apprehended separately at various locations, including Kokomlemle, Bubiashie and Bortianor.
They include Moses Lamptey aka OBK, a 69-year-old trader; William Kofi Mensah aka Gaye, a 45-year-old businessman and Eric Nyamekye aka Rasta, 35-year-old artist. They are currently in police custody assisting in investigations.
Police reports indicated that about 190 of the fake passports were retrieved from them.
Other equipment retrieved included three black and white printers, a colour printer, a camera, 75 different visa robber stamps, two lamination machines, a laptop and other forged documents.
Unsuspecting individuals were made to pay a fee of $800 for the passport and an amount of $1,200 dollars for the visas, which they were told could take them to countries of their choice.
They fraudsters are said to have agents at the various embassies who approach clients whose visa applications are rejected by the embassies and assure them (clients) of securing them some (visas).
Confirming the story to DAILY GUIDE, ASP Effia Tengey, Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, said the police apprehended the suspects on Friday, January 22, 2016 at their various hideouts upon a tip-off.
Upon interrogation, they admitted to the offence and added that they make the visas for their clients to outwit the embassies.
They said some of their clients come for the fake visas to create the impression that they have travel experience when they finally want to travel and apply for visas at the various embassies.
Moses Lamptey, William Kofi Mensah and Eric Nyamekye are still in custody assisting police to go into the matter; but they would be put before court soon.