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Visa peddlers gang busted after 15 years Exposer gets serious threats

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 10: A network of eight officials from various ministries including ministries of Commerce and Industry, Social Affairs and Labor and Municipality as well as Kuwait Fire Service Directorate have been issuing commercial licenses for dummy companies, reports Al- Shahed daily.

The network has issued 1,000 commercial licenses so far wherein each of the licenses have 8 branches with the capacity of issuing 40 visas of various activities and professions such as restaurants, cafes, hotel apartments, IT companies, health clubs, exhibitions, summit organizing companies, and even barbershops.

The network is well connected due to the eight officials who have managed to win tenders worth millions of dinars for those licenses, which are registered under the names of ordinary individuals through government contracts or projects.

This network has been active for 15 years without being exposed. The daily obtained copies of some forged licenses, which implicate the officials from the concerned ministries who are still in their respective posts in the government.

The licenses appear to have been issued in an official manner with all necessary signatures appearing on the license.

However, these licenses are not registered in the system, which makes them illegal. About 40,000 individuals are registered under these licenses. The reason why this network has not been discovered yet is because certain officials have colluded to protect and cover the activities of this network and its beneficiaries who have managed to earn huge profits through this fraudulent scheme.

However, the network was discovered by one of the employees of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, who has since been receiving direct threats of transfer or termination. In fact, verbal orders for her transfer to another department have been issued, which she refused.

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