23 May 2011

Tonga police make arrest in US visa scam

1:37 pm on 23 May 2011

Tonga police have arrested a man for allegedly issuing false visas to Tongans to enter the United States.

Tonga's Foreign Affairs has issued a statement from the US Embassy stating the visas are from a so-called Kingdom of Hawaii and are not valid.

The assistant Police Commander says since early this year, close to 400 people applied for the fake visas, paying about 150 pa'aga, or 85 US dollars, per application.

'Unga Fa'aoa says the man police have arrested is Paki Fukofuka.

"He may be charged with obtaining money by false pretence and other charge under our Money laundering and Proceeds of Crimes Act, 2000."

'Unga Fa'aoa says police are also following up several other people of interest in relation to this case.