- By Emmanuel Edom in Lagos•
A Fake United States of America (USA) Visa fraudster, Bello Nosiru Yinka, is to spend one year in prison for procuring fake traveling documents.
Yinka was convicted by an Igbosere Magistrate Court sitting in Lagos State and presided over by Chief magistrate Abosede Botoku.
The 55 years old fraudster was also said to have specialized in the procurement of fake visa of all agencies and high commissions. He was arraigned at the court 2 section of Igbosere Chief Magistrate and sentenced to one year in imprisonment.
Outside the court, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Ikoyi, Lagos, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, Audu Lawal, in a statement made available to our Correspondent, said the convict was a notorious documents vendor who specialises in faking visas of all Embassies and High Commission .
DSP Lawal said the Convict was arrested by the operatives of Police Special Fraud Unit, when the American Consulate General complaint about his fraudulent activities.
He also said that the convict had procured fake French Visa for one applicant (names withheld), who appeared at the Consulate General for B1 B2 visa category.
According to him, the activity of visa vendors has affected genuine visa applicants, who are ignorant of how visas of all categories are applied and obtained.
He warned fake visa or documents makers to desist from the act” otherwise the long arm of the law will always catch up with them”
Lawal who further admonished prospective visa applicants to be wary of fraudsters parading themselves as visa agent, noted that ” No Embassy or High Commission would appoint any person or group of persons to act as Visa agent.
Adding that the arrest of the convict, investigation and successful prosecution was a major breakthrough for PSFU, as the convict have been in the business of printing fake visas and other documents for decades.