Six people have been arrested in India in separate cases, after four of them presented fake Schengen visa stickers to the US embassy in Mumbai, in an attempt to convince the embassy that they are frequent travelers. The other two are being held for forging the visa stickers and exit/entry stamps.
At the same time, two men between the ages of 35 and 36, specialized in the falsification of Schengen visa application documents, have been arrested in eastern Algeria.
According to a crime branch official in India, six persons were arrested in two separate complaints, both lodged by Brandon Kelley Shaw, an employee of the United States Embassy in Mumbai.
In the first case, a couple was arrested after they presented their passports to the US embassy, with fabricated Schengen visa stickers and stamps “issued” by countries like France, Switzerland and Italy.
“During their visa interview, Mahesh Patel and Aruna Patel broke down and confessed that they had never visited France, Switzerland or Italy, and the Schengen visas fixed on their passport and the immigration stamps on them were fake and fabricated,” the officer said.
The third person, visa agent Dharmesh Patel, owner of Universal Travels/ Overseas Office was arrested for arranging the forgery of visa stickers and fake arrival and departure stamps in exchange of money.
Similarly, in the second case, another couple was arrested for presenting passports with fabricated Spain and Switzerland Schengen visa stickers and stamps to the US embassy, as well as stamps and stickers of countries like China, and Australia.
The last person, Parimal Patel, an agent in Kalol, was arrested for providing the couple with the fake visas and immigration stamps of other countries.
On the other hand, the Algerian police arrested two men in the town of Bouchegouf, eastern Algeria. Both of them are charged with use of forgeries, imitation of seals and signatures, falsification of Schengen visa files, and transfer of capital in foreign currency to foreign countries.
The Bouchegouf region court placed one of them under a warrant. The other was temporarily released pending further investigation.