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Fake U.S. embassy operated in Ghana for a decade, issued bogus visas

Fake U.S. embassy operated in Ghana for a decade, issued bogus visas

Before there were fake news stories, there was a fake U.S. embassy in Accra, the capital of Ghana. It opened three times a week, flew a U.S. flag, had a picture of President Obama on the wall and issued bogus visas for $6,000, according to a U.S. State Department report.

It operated for 10 years but was shut down last summer after an investigation by the real U.S. Embassy and Ghanaian police.

“None of the individuals who purchased counterfeit visas traveled to the U.S.,” said William Cocks, spokesman for the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.

The report issued in early November blamed the sham office on Ghanaian and Turkish...

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