Ghanaian man jailed in UK for fake passports, visas

Dominic Owusu-Ansah - Jailed for forgery

A Ghanaian man resident in the UK has been jailed for four years for the processing of fake documents including passports, visas and birth certificates.

A press release issued by the UK High Commission in Ghana and copied to says the 40-year-old Dominic Owusu-Ansah was jailed following the discovery of a forgery factory in Milton Keynes.

It says officers from the UK Border Agency’s South East Region Immigration Crime Team discovered dozens of fake documents such as blank visas, passports and birth certificates when they raided a property in Oldbrook on October7, 2010.

They also found computers, stamps, scanners, and printers which were being used in the manufacture of fake documents, along with numerous templates for forging work permits, bank statements, pay slips and Home Office letters, the release says.

Owusu-Ansah was among four people that were arrested.  According to the release, he admitted charges brought under the Fraud and Identity Cards Act when he appeared before Huntingdon Crown Court on December 22, 2010 and was

Sample of fake permit retrieved in the raid.

sentenced to four years in prison. He will be deported at the end of his sentence.

He is the second person to be jailed in connection with the investigation. At a previous hearing on December 15, 2010, Abel Agyepong, a 33-year-old Ghanaian citizen also admitted possessing false identity documents with intent and fraud. He was sentenced to six months in prison, the release added.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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