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Four arrested for visa fraud

Four unemployed men were arrested today for allegedly trying to attain a visa for the United States posing as members of a prominent club.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 11, 2009 1:22:53 am

Four unemployed men were arrested today for allegedly trying to attain a visa for the United States posing as members of a prominent club.

According to the police,Devender Singh (34),Shyam Lal (23),Ankur Nagpal (19) and Amanpreet Singh (27) were caught by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on a complaint received from the American Embassy. Various fake documents including income tax returns and property papers were allegedly recovered.

On June 2,the American Embassy complained that imposters were trying to travel to the US by creating customised invitation for Lions’ Club’s annual meeting in Minnesota next month.

“Travellers to the convention were able to print their own personalised Lions’ Club convention letters for inclusion with their visa applications. It was further alleged that in May 2009,more than 400 applicants indicated that they were traveling to attend the meeting and majority of the applicants were from Punjab,” a senior police official said.

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The four,who wanted to visit the US to seek jobs,were arrested on June 5. During interrogation,it was found that the accused are either students or farmers. “As they are unemployed,they were interested to visit America in search of jobs. They contacted some travel agents who told them that they would be sent to US as members of Lions’ Club,” the police said.

“It also came to light that huge money was promised by the applicants to the agents as soon as they arrived in the US,” he said.

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First published on: 11-06-2009 at 01:22:53 am

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