A Kenyan among those arrested in India with fake US currency and passports
New Delhi: With the arrest of five foreign nationals, Delhi Police on Friday claimed to have busted a racket of printing counterfeit US dollars, fake passports, visas and residential permits and recovered a huge cache of fake currency and documents from their possession.
Gabriel Olawale Ajisafe, Sunny Odigie, Enwere Okechukwa Kelvin Enwere, Caroline Cherotich and Augustine John Kwaku Kyare were arrested on Wednesday for running the racket for the past one year in the National Capital Region.
The five, who hail from Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, were involved in printing of counterfeit US dollars, making fake passports of African countries, fake water marks, fake Indian visas, fake residential permits, fake stamps and seals.
“22,000 counterfeit US Dollars of 100 denominations, 120 fake passports of Lesotho, Ghana, Botswana and 35 passports of other countries, 61 fake stamps/seals of Indian and Foreign Immigration Authorities and various embassies, screen printing set and other incriminating materials have been recovered,” Ashok Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime and Railways, said.
He said the accused claimed that the counterfeit US Dollars are being sent to the African countries for circulation there.
The arrests came after a deal was stuck between the racketeers and a decoy customer for providing a fake passport with fake Indian visa and immigration stamp.
The main accused Gabriel Olawale Ajisafe has been living in India for the past 30 years and has married an Indian. He was arrested in a NDPS Act in 2004 and was released from Tihar Jail in 2008, Chand said.