The police have arrested one Mam Tut Wadda of Banjulinding, an alleged suspect of multiple cases of American visa fraud.
“The special Investigations Unit of the Gambia Police Force currently has in their custody one Mam Tut Wadda of Banjulinding. The alleged suspect has been mentioned in [a] series of cases on pretext that she was going to procure, facilitate or secure an American Visa for prospective Gambian Artists who wish to display their talent outside the Gambia to travel to America.
“The suspect allegedly operates in a unique and stylish way of deceit. She normally lures her victims into believing that she was in America with her parents, but decided to return home to give back to her country by helping young people to travel to America; especially the Music Industry,” the police said in a statement on Monday.
On the modus operandi of the accused, the statement said that she normally collects two passport size photos of individuals,as well as demand a payment of D20, 000.00 to D200, 000.00 in order to start the Visa application process with the U.S Embassy in Banjul.
“At some instances, she would schedule purported interviews with the victims, and also issued fictitious congratulatory letters on their successful Visa application on the notion that [the] same was issued by the U.S Embassy,” the statement added.
The statement urged the victims of the suspect to visit the Special Investigations Unit at the Police Headquarters in Banjul to lodge their complaints.