The US State Department has reportedly said that no one entered the United States on visas issued by a fake US embassy that operated for a decade in Accra, Ghana.
According to Voice of America, the state department said that those who paid thousands of dollars for the documents were “conned”
“They were duped, they were conned,” the State Department’s deputy spokesperson, Mark Toner was quoted as saying.
Reports on Monday said that authorities in the western African country had busted a fake US consulate in Accra.
The fake embassy was run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas.
The ring issued fraudulently obtained but legitimate US visas and false identification documents, including birth certificates at a cost of $6 000 each.
The building from which the ring operated, flew the American flag and inside hung a photo of President Barack Obama.
“It was not operated by the United Sates government, but by figures from both Ghanaian and Turkish organised crime rings and a Ghanaian attorney practicing immigration law, the state department said in a statement.
At least three people had since been arrested in connection with the crime, a BBC report said.