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419: Visa Racketeer bags 4years jail term.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of Olugbenga Fanbunmi, who was arraigned before Justice Mamman Kolo of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court on one-count charge bordering on advance fee fraud.

Fanbunmi, who holds a diploma from the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun State, is a member of a syndicate that specializes in forging bank statements, employment records, international passports, national identification card, and supporting documents needed to process visas for the United Kingdom.

A statement by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman said his nefarious activities dates back to 2005 during which he mastered the art of forging documents for “abusive visa applications”.

“Between 2007 and 2016 he helped to forge bank statements as part of documents to process UK visa for 11 people.

“He had succeeded in helping 15 people obtain visas to travel to the UK where they were forced into prostitution.

He pleaded “guilty” to the charge on February 9, 2017.

Based on his plea, Justice Kolo convicted him of the charge and sentenced him to four years in prison.


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