Ecuador, 20 arrested for involvement in fraudulent visa scheme

Posted on December 20, 2011 • Filed under: Corruption, Crime, Ecuador, TRAVEL

Ecuador’s Ministry of Interior, reported that twenty people were arrested for alleged involvement in fraudulent delivery of 674 visas to foreign citizens in the Directorate of Immigration in Guayaquil. The National Police deployed the operating dawn and morning of December 19, in various sectors of Guayaquil, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of the Attorney Transparency and the nation.
Among those arrested was identified current and former officials of this office, notaries, servicers and police on active duty. In addition, raided 24 properties, which were copies of passports, notary stamps, deeds, documents that were apparently used in the processing of visas. Interior Minister, José Serrano, said that the investigations were identified irregularities, such as processing visas with forged documents or scanned, in other cases, records were incomplete, did not comply with all requirements set forth in the Immigration Act and its Regulations.
Detainees involved in fraudulent issuance of visas To get the paper, have argued foreign companies and investments in the country, but to verify the information recorded, it was found that the addresses indicated not correspond to any company, nor exercised any economic activity in the country.The offenses allegedly committed are forgery of public documents, fraudulent use of false public documents and illegal trafficking of migrants. Read Article

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