Fake visa gang held

SHARJAH — The Sharjah Police yesterday arrested a gang comprising a UAE national, Arabs, Bangladeshis and Filipinos who had been dispensing forged visit visas of the UAE and work permits for an amount of money ranging between Dh1,500 and Dh2,000.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Wed 19 Jul 2006, 10:53 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:12 PM

A source from the Sharjah Police said that following a tip-off, a team of officers from the Investigation Section had set about piecing together information about the gang by handing over passport copies of some fake individuals who wanted to enter the country. The conmen promised that the visas would be ready soon.

As the decoys were receiving the forged visas, the police arrested red-handed Mohammed Hassan (34) from the emirate of Sharjah who resisted the police strongly. But the police could control him and confiscated around 19 fake visas in his possession. The visas were ready to be sent to people abroad.

During interrogation, Hassan confessed that the visas were not issued by any of the Naturalisation and Residency Departments in the country, but given to him by someone else who was also later arrested by the police.

Both the members of the gang confessed that they had been practising such activities along with four other members living in one of the emirates.

The police, in coordination with CID officers of other emirates, could arrest other members of the gang and uncover 53 forged visit visas, 15 work permits, and 140 copies of passports of individuals planning to use such visas to enter the country.

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