The criminals running the operation were able to pay off corrupt officials to look the other way, as well as obtain legitimate blank documents to be doctored - US State Department
Source: Ghanaweb-News.com / TAZ GE / RTR - After ten years of operation, under the eyes of corrupt Ghana Police and Ghana Security, a fake US Consulate in Accra, has been uncovered!
In the course of a large-scale security check, the US authorities had received a clue ....
The building in Accra, Ghana, where an organised crime ring flew an American flag, hung a photo of President Obama and claimed it was the real U.S. Embassy. (Courtesy of the State Department)
ACCRA | Authorities have closed a false US embassy, which has operated ten years illegally issuing visas and and badges, receiving high payments. The alleged US agency was run in a dilapidated building in the capital Accra by a criminal network of criminals from Ghana and Turkey, the US Department of Foreign Affairs announced on the weekend.
The battered building with the flag and Obama picture was a fake — ran by Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings and a Ghanaian lawyer practicing immigration and criminal law, the State Department said in a statement
A photo of Barack Obama on the wall, a US flag on the roof, and English-speaking Turks -
And here we have a Fake US embassy that issues expensive documents, as US visa documents, but also Schengen Visa.
At the same time discovered a Fake Dutch (Netherlands Embassy!)
When the task force conducted raids, they arrested several suspects and collected evidence that included a laptop computer; cell smart phones; 150 passports from 10 countries; legitimate and counterfeit visas from the U.S., the Schengen zone, India, and South Africa; and counterfeit identity documents.
Some of the 150 seized passports collected during the raids. Right: Some of the banking, education, and other identification paperwork seized during the raids. (U.S. Department of State photos)
The criminal network bribed corrupt officials, to be able to act unhindered for so long. In the course of a large-scale security check, the US authorities had received a warning and blow the ring with the Ghanaian police on the spot, as well as with international security agency partners.
In the rooms of the alleged embassy; A photo of US President Barack Obama on the wall and a US flag blew on the roof. English-speaking Turkish citizens said they were consular officers. The fake embassy had been open, mornings, three days a week.
However, one came only in, after appointment and not spontaneously.
The criminal network had made advertising in other West African countries and brought interested people from Ghana, Togo or the Ivory Coast to Accra. The real US Embassy in Ghana is a highly secured complex, with a long queue waiting for entry every day.
In the course of the investigation, a fake Dutch embassy had also been uncovered. It is still unclear how the criminal gang had been able to use genuine visa documents, which they then illegally issued as well as other evisceration papers. A fake birth certificate at a cost of about 6,000 dollars.
The raids also provided genuine and imitated visas for the Schengen area, India and South Africa. Unknown at the moment, how ow many people with a fake visa have left...
Corrupt officials arranged for bail for members of the organised crime group so that they could move the document production facility outside of Accra.
Several suspects remain at large, but Ghanaian police have warrants for their arrest and plan to pursue them. The investigation and search for the Turkish organised crime group is ongoing.