Kenyans bust 77 in U.S. visa scams

June 6, 2006 at 10:30 AM
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NAIROBI, Kenya, June 6 (UPI) -- Kenyan police have released 77 people arrested at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi for presenting false immigration documents.

Investigations were said to be continuing, but no details of charges were disclosed.

The Daily Nation Tuesday said the 77 were detained Friday at the embassy while waiting in a queue for final pre-visa decision interviews.

Questionable documents included fake marriage certificates. Some of those arrested were reportedly had bribed winners in the U.S. visa lottery to list them as dependents, while others were suspected of giving false information.

The Daily Nation said the arrests were coordinated with U.S. authorities.

All 77 were said to have come from Nyanza province.

"Fraud perpetrated by applicants for Diversity, Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas seriously affects everyone. The high volume of fraud presented by applicants at the embassy results in more scrutiny of every applicant and delays processing of applications," a statement from the embassy said.

"The Embassy of the United States in Nairobi greatly appreciates the work of the Kenyan police in making the arrests.

"These individuals have engaged in fraud against the Kenyan people by entering into fictitious marriage relationships."

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