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Move over FAKE NEWS. How about FAKE Embassies?

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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 07:45 AM
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Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after ten years issuing visas

Authorities in Ghana have busted a fake US embassy in the capital Accra run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the US State Department said.

Until it was shut down, the sham embassy was housed in a run-down, pink two-storey building with a corrugated iron roof and flew an American flag outside. Inside hung a portrait of President Barack Obama.

“It was not operated by the United States government, but by figures from both Ghanaian and Turkish organised crime rings and a Ghanaian attorney practising immigration and criminal law,” the State Department said in a statement.

Turkish citizens who spoke English and Dutch posed as consular officers and staffed the operation. Investigations also uncovered a fake Dutch embassy, the State Department said.

Officials in the Netherlands were not immediately reachable for comment on Sunday.



Running for more than a decade???

Proving truth is stranger than fiction.

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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 07:49 AM
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a reply to: loam

Either someone knew about this or it is one major clerical to allow this for so long.

Wow.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 08:27 AM
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So for 10 years Turkish and Ghanaian mafia ran an embassy issueing visas and no one knew?
How many visas did they issue and where are those people with the visas now?

Something tells me this "Embassy" wouldnt have been all that strict on background checks, this is a real concern.
Using this place Terrorists wouldnt even need to sneak into the country, they could fly in 1st class and walk right through customs.

Im guessing this wouldnt be the only "embassy" like that out there



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 08:39 AM
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a reply to: IkNOwSTuff


Im guessing this wouldnt be the only "embassy" like that out there


American passports have always been hot black market items. They can get you into more countries without a visa than any other nation's passport. It is unclear whether they were issuing real passports or fake ones, and, if fake, what quality.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 08:51 AM
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How does this even happen a fake embassy wtf



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 09:17 AM
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a reply to: DJW001


It is unclear whether they were issuing real passports or fake ones, and, if fake, what quality.


Reading the article it seems quite clear to me:


The crime ring issued fraudulently obtained but legitimate US visas and false identification documents, including birth certificates at a cost of $6,000 (£4,700) each, the statement said.

During raids that led to a number of arrests, authorities also seized authentic and counterfeit Indian, South African and Schengen zone visas and 150 passports from 10 different countries along with a laptop and smartphones.


This is on par with the supernotes where other governments counterfeit U.S. currency.


The real US embassy in Ghana is a prominent and heavily fortified complex in Cantonments, one of the capital’s most expensive neighbourhoods. Lines of people queue outside each day for visa appointments and other consular business.

The fake embassy was open three mornings a week and did not accept walk-in appointments. Instead, the criminals advertised on billboards in Ghana, Togo and Ivory Coast and brought clients from across west Africa to Accra where they rented them hotel rooms in nearby hotels.

US authorities conducting a broader security operation were tipped off about it and assembled a team including the Ghana Detectives Bureau and police as well as other international partners to shut down the ring.


Sounds like U.S. officials are asleep at the wheel. They didn't even know about this until they received a tip about the operation.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 09:29 AM
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a reply to: DJW001

Here's a list of passports that can get into the most countries without a visa. US is joint fourth.

www.telegraph.co.uk...



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 09:39 AM
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originally posted by: Matrix76
a reply to: DJW001

Here's a list of passports that can get into the most countries without a visa. US is joint fourth.

www.telegraph.co.uk...


I stand corrected.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 09:42 AM
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What where they doing, recruiting for mid east adventures in regime change?

'Fake Embassy' sounds like a cover story. I.E., locals get the word on the street that a 'US embassy' is issuing visas to get out of this hell hole of poverty to go and fight in foreign lands... 50 bucks and a plane ticket to Turkey, or Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, wherever they train cannon fodder for the war to make Assad go...



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 10:13 AM
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a reply to: intrptr

That is a distinct possibility. Have a star.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 10:50 AM
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Guys, there is no end to this kind of stuff.
I 'm really surprised that many of you were not aware of these types of operations.

$100 bill printing presses recently confiscated here in the U.S.
It never stops and its going on world wide to the point its overwhelming the enforcement services.



Buck

a reply to: jadedANDcynical

Oh, they knew, it just didn't fit their modus operada.
edit on 4-12-2016 by flatbush71 because: Too damned old to get it right the first time



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 12:48 PM
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a reply to: HonestumMortem

What?

They didn't know about it. When it was discovered they shut it down.

What cleric should have done what action?
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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 12:49 PM
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a reply to: flatbush71

What is that a picture of?



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 01:23 PM
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a reply to: Sillyolme

Maybe read his post?


$100 bill printing presses recently confiscated here in the U.S.


(looks at who posted...)

Oh, wait...
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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 01:30 PM
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originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: intrptr

That is a distinct possibility. Have a star.

Yah always wondering, where else they get these "fighters" that show up as international terrorists in countries US has targeted in the Middle East and Africa...

they don't openly recruit those, would have to be done covertly. LiKe at a fake embassy under officialdoms nose.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 01:39 PM
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Covert recruitment through a fake embassy that:


advertised on billboards in Ghana, Togo and Ivory Coast and brought clients from across west Africa to Accra where they rented them hotel rooms in nearby hotels.


?

How covert can it be if it was advertised on billboards?

These people got their hands on legitimate documents that were being used fraudlently. They either had someone on the inside (of embassy ops), which means the fake embassy was the covert op, or the embassy has piss poor resource control which allowed the docs to be stolen and not discovered for 10 years.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 01:45 PM
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This is something that has been known about (my wild accusation) but of course they had it shut down before Trump became president and found out and got the glory for shutting it's doors. I think you'll see alot more news like this of places that this administration has turned a blind eye to. Open borders have been the words of the day for the last 8 years, now they have to cover their arses.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 01:46 PM
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How covert can it be if it was advertised on billboards?

Can we see a billboard (translated) by any chance?

I don't think they would openly label them US embassy either, though.



posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 01:55 PM
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originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: IkNOwSTuff


Im guessing this wouldnt be the only "embassy" like that out there


American passports have always been hot black market items. They can get you into more countries without a visa than any other nation's passport. It is unclear whether they were issuing real passports or fake ones, and, if fake, what quality.


The US is on a 4th place shared in 2016



1
Germany 177
2
Sweden 176
3
Finland 175
France
Italy
Spain
United Kingdom
4
Belgium 174
Denmark
Netherlands
United States


I don't like to put in links to PDF files just search for:

Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index - Global Ranking 2016

they have been keeping track for a while now

Not imporatnt i know, i just have a habit of checking stuff like that
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posted on Dec, 4 2016 @ 02:16 PM
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a reply to: intrptr

All we have to go on is the Guardian story quoted in the OP, so unless you're going to try and pass this story off as fake news, we have to take them at their word.

Here is an excexpt from the state department:


The investigation identified the main architects of the criminal operation, and two satellite locations (a dress shop and an apartment building) used for operations. The fake embassy did not accept walk-in visa appointments; instead, they drove to the most remote parts of West Africa to find customers. They would shuttle the customers to Accra, and rent them a room at a hotel nearby. The Ghanaian organized crime ring would shuttle the victims to and from the fake embassies. Locating the document vendor within the group led investigators to uncover the satellite locations and key players.

The sham embassy advertised their services through flyers and billboards to cultivate customers from Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, and Togo. Some of the services the embassy provided for these customers included issuance of fraudulently obtained, legitimate U.S. visas, counterfeit visas, false identification documents (including bank records, education records, birth certificates, and others) for a cost of $6,000.


If the State Department says they were advertising on billboards, I'm inlcined to think they were advertising on billboards.
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