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...for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas...
I think I'll go with counterfeit.
As to what use a counterfeit US passport/Visa would have? They are multitudinous.
Re: "official story," I generally never take anything at face value and am always looking for hidden motivations/angles.
The state department did not say how many false documents had been issued over the past decade. However, it said that in the raid officials from the real US embassy, together with Ghanaian police, had seized 150 passports from 10 countries. There were also “legitimate and counterfeit visas from the US, the Schengen zone, India and South Africa; and counterfeit identity documents”, it said.
Some arrests were made, though the ringleaders are believed to have escaped, according to Emmanuel Dogbevi, managing editor of Ghana Business News, which broke the story last Friday.
“Several suspects remain at large, but Ghanaian police have warrants for their arrest and plan to pursue them,” the state department said.
Referring to the fact that some legitimate visas were issued, Mr Dogbevi said: “One assumption is that there might be some people in the [real] embassy who were facilitating that. How else could they have got hold of genuine visas?”