MAN HELD FOR ISSUING FAKE VISAS IN NALLA SOPARA

MUMBAI: A man has been arrested on Wednesday evening, by the Nalla Sopara police for allegedly forging visas and selling to victims. So far, the police have found fake stamps and documents of the consulates of UAE and China and are investigating further.

The accused, Usman Ghani Shaikh (58) would operate from his house in Shriprastha Complex, Nalla Sopara (W) and cheat people by issuing them fake visas, said PSI Mahesh Chavan of the Nalla Sopara police.

We received a tipoff about Shaikh's modus operandi and raided his flat and seized printers and computers from his flat,said the official. He would charge around Rs 10,000 each for issuing a fake visa to gullible victims, said police. Shaikh was arrested for the similar crime in 2006 by the Palghar Police district and after securing bail, he was back to crime, issuing fake visas,said PSI Chavan. Earlier, his brother was arrested by the Gujarat police for the similar visa racket, but he died in 2015, said the official. We arrested Shaikh under Sections 420 (cheating), and allied Sections for cheating of the IPC and also under Section 24 (d) of the Emigration Act, 1983 and when produced before the Vasai court on Thursday, he has been remanded in police custody till 23 October, said the official. We have so far seized seals and documents of the Consulates of UAE and China from Shaikh's flat and are investigating further, and will be probing whether he also sent victims abroad to the above countries, through fake recruitment jobs,he said.