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Students Top Visa Cases 1/23/2007
Tuesday, 23 January 2007
Seventy-five per cent of people arrested in connection with visa fraud and forgery are university students. They are usually found to have presented fictitious bank statements, introductory letters, birth certificates and letter heads among other documents. Assistant Commissioner of Police, K. K. Amoah, in charge of the Commercial Crime Unit of the Police Criminal Investigations Department made this known when he spoke on “Visa and Passport Fraud – Search for Solutions” at a two-day workshop on crime combating at Dodowa on Saturday.


The workshop was organised by the Ghana Journalists Association in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service with sponsorship from the British High Commission in Accra. Mr. Amoah said that in some cases, the students were found to have directly acted or indirectly provided such forged documents to suspects.



He said often, in their interrogation, it was realised that the culprits had the desire to travel or defraud innocent people for money. Between August 2004 and 2006, a total of 1,215 people were arrested in connection with visa racketeering, fraud and forgery and ACP Amoah said most often it was travel agents who acted as visa contractors and agents, hiding behind their tourism operations to dupe people. He described the situation as disturbing which needed to be brought to a halt before it got out of hand.

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