Two African nationals arrested for selling fake visas in Delhi

The accused had come to India on a three-month tourist visa in 2018 but did not return

The accused had come to India on a three-month tourist visa in 2018 but did not return

Two African nationals have been arrested for allegedly forging fake Indian visas and selling them to African nationals whose visas had expired, police said on Tuesday.

The defendants were identified as Ortega Leonard, 33, a resident of Ghana, and Diomande Ali, 32, a resident of Côte d’Ivoire.

DCP (Crime) Vichitra Veer said he received a clue about the accused residing at Chander Vihar, Nilothi Extension. The defendants were arrested and their laptop was seized.

The accused came to India on a three-month tourist visa in 2018 but did not return to his hometown. They were also found using fake visas allegedly made by themselves, the DCP said.

Visa fees

During interrogation, the defendants revealed that they had prepared more than 30 visas so far and given them to African nationals whose visas had expired. Raids are being carried out to search for African nationals using fake visas prepared by defendants, police added. The accused would charge between ₹4,000-5,000 to fabricate a fake visa, police said.

The defendants were also involved in the scam under the pretext of a lottery and the granting of bank loans. A senior Crime Branch officer said the accused bought data and sent text messages to lure the victims.

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