Foreigner operating fake visa racket held

Kathmandu, November 14

The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police has arrested a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago for allegedly running a forgery racket.

Superintendent of Police Jeevan Shrestha, CIB spokesperson, said David Luis Santana, 35, of Bangladeshi descent  and holding citizenship of the Caribbean nation was held from Mitranagar, Kathmandu-29, on Friday and produced before Kathmandu District Court.

He has been charged with forgery of government seal and signature. “Santana was involved in producing and selling fake documents and visa of various countries,” SP Shrestha informed.

CIB has seized seals of Department of Immigration, Embassy of Bangladesh in Kathmandu, deputy secretary of the embassy, various other Indian, Nepali and Bangladeshi government offices, and some Bangladeshi citizenship certificates from him.

The forgery suspect had allegedly cheated many people, promising them visa to travel to various foreign countries, CIB said, adding that he charged his clients hefty amounts for forged documents.

Any foreign national residing temporarily in Nepal is not allowed to engage in activities other than the purpose for which the visa was obtained.

According to the Immigration Rules-1994, the government may deport any foreign citizen in case he/she overstays without extending his/her tourist visa in excess of the period of 150 days. The offender is also liable to a fine of US 5 dollars per day after the visa expires.

CIB said Santana would be facing multiple charges, including immigration offence and forgery.