KUWAIT CITY, Oct 6, (Agencies): Detectives from Hawally Security Command arrested a gang of four Egyptians involved in falsification of currencies, visas, residency permits and civil IDs.
In a press statement, the Public Relations and Security Media General Department in the Interior Ministry disclosed the gang was arrested in an entrapment during which they were caught in the process of forging KD 10 bills and they were found to be in possession of passports with fake residencies.
The department said the gang used the fake currencies to purchase items from groceries and traditional markets. It added all the equipment, devices, fake bank notes and documents used by the gang were confiscated. All those arrested were wanted by law for involvement in various cases like forgery, breach of trust and failure to pay debts.
Visa trafficking: Officers from the Residency Affairs General Department in the Interior Ministry arrested an Egyptian found to have violated the law as he is involved in the illegal work permit trade and he brings expatriates to Kuwait where they work under different sponsors.
In a press statement, the Public Relations and Security Media General Department in the ministry disclosed its residency affairs counterpart received information that a large number of expatriate workers are registered under a weekly newspaper which belongs to a Kuwaiti whose license was cancelled by the Information Ministry in February, so the newspaper has stopped its activities since then. However, an intensive investigation revealed that 150 work permits were issued to hire workers from abroad and the director of the newspaper sells these permits for KD 1,200 each.
After taking the necessary procedures, the authorities arrested the owner of the newspaper but he told the investigators that he does not know anything about the operations of the weekly paper as he merely signed the original official letters presented to him by the director of the newspaper. He said the director is the one handling the visa processing as well as the financial deals with the laborers and the management of the newspaper, indicating he receives KD 500 each month from the director – his supposed share of the ‘investment’ in the newspaper.
The director, an Egyptian, was arrested later and he confessed that he asked the owner of the newspaper to sign letters and documents. He added he carries out all the procedures related to the issuance of work permits which he then sells to expatriates who want to work in Kuwait. A forgery case was registered against the Egyptian.