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Bahamas: Visa Scam Probe Remains ‘Active’

POLICE Commissioner Anthony Ferguson said the Royal Bahamas Police Force is still actively investigating an alleged US visa scam unearthed by the FBI.

A two-year FBI sting operation uncovered an alleged bribery ring between senior Bahamas immigration officials and a purported justice of the peace for fraudulent long-term work permits. These permits were used to get visas to enter the United States.

Last month, National Security Minister Marvin Dames told the press the FBI would brief Commissioner Ferguson on the findings of its investigation stemming from the fraud investigation at the US Embassy in Nassau.

He said local enforcement would then determine whether any Bahamian laws were broken and take necessary measures.

Yesterday, Commissioner Ferguson was tightlipped on details about the matter, insisting he would only go on record to say the matter is being actively investigated.

“As soon as we get to a point then we’ll say something,” he said. “You’re dealing with two countries so we have to investigate thoroughly.”

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