3 women, 1 man detained for providing false documents to US Embassy

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3 women, 1 man detained for providing false documents to US Embassy

Four people are facing charges for falsely claiming to be police officers when they applied for their US tourist visas. 

A statement from the US Embassy in Port-of-Spain yesterday revealed that a 24-year-old woman was arrested at the embassy itself at Marli Street, and two other suspects, a 63-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman, were arrested at their homes on July 2.

The fourth accused, a 34-year-old woman, was arrested at her home yesterday.

The US Embassy said all will be charged with providing fraudulent documentation in support of visa applications and falsely claiming to be TTPS police officers.

According to the statement, US Ambassador Candace Bond said, “The arrests are a demonstration of the unique teamwork between the TTPS and the US Embassy’s federal agents with the Diplomatic Security Service. The arrests send a message to anyone intending to falsify documents or misrepresent themselves to obtain a US visa through deceit that US federal agents will work alongside local law enforcement to arrest and prosecute them. Committing fraud when applying for a US visa will result in the perpetrator being permanently ineligible for a tourist visa.”

The suspects will appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate to answer the charges.

The US Embassy also advised the public not to pay people who promise to help obtain a US visa. 

It said only US Embassy consular officers could adjudicate visa applications. It also reminded the public applying for visas to visit legitimate websites—https://tt.usembassy.gov/ and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html– for details on the visa application process.