Woman behind bars for visa fraud

Henry

A 48-year-old woman and her accomplices were arrested on Thursday after a pile of fake temporary visas for asylum seekers and photocopies of similar proof of address letters and copies of reproduced affidavits were found at her internet cafe in Bloemfontein.

According to Lt. Col. Thabo Covane, police spokesperson, members of the Park Road police were busy with Operation Yehlisa and Operation Shanela in the General de Wet neighborhood when they spotted a white Honda sedan.

“The police stopped the vehicle around 13:00 as part of an investigative operation, after which they asked the driver for the mandatory documentation.

“The 32-year-old foreigner showed an application for his visa to the members, after which the police noticed that the date on the police stamp was positioned elsewhere than on the original documentation,” says Covane.

The suspect then voluntarily agreed to accompany the police to the internet cafe – where he obtained the affidavit.

“On their arrival at the Cyberspace A & A internet cafe in Charles Street, a 48-year-old woman was found in management of the cafe. The policemen introduced themselves to her and asked for permission to search the store.

“A pile of fake temporary asylum seeker visas and photocopies of similar proof of address letters and copies of reproduced affidavits – similar to those seized – were found in the internet cafe during the investigation.

“The 48-year-old foreigner was subsequently arrested for fraud as well as for running a secret laboratory that produces and sells fraudulent documents,” says Covane.