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CID: Visa fraud gang busted in Dhaka

  • Published at 09:34 pm September 12th, 2021

The CID recently arrested two members of a gang that embezzles money from people promising Australian migration visas

Luring Bangladeshis to migrate to Australia at a cheaper rate, a Bangladeshi expat in Australia, Umme Fatema Rosie, 35, has reportedly embezzled huge sums of money by establishing liaison with several families.

One such victim includes Supreme Court lawyer MABM Khairul Islam, 47, who gave Tk75,38,000 to Rosie for processing his migration visa to Australia, along with his family. After being deceived, he filed a case against the woman.

Revealing the matter at a press conference at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office in Malibagh on Sunday, CID Additional DIG Imam Hossain said that she has embezzled millions by preparing forged documents of “Relative sponsor migration subclass (855) permanent residence” type of visa.

The CID, while investigating the case, arrested two members of Rosie’s gang recently in Dhaka. The arrestees are Md Simun Islam, 26, and Ashfaquzzaman Khandaker, 26.

However, Rosie, who originally hails from Jhalakathi district, is still in Australia. The CID said that legal action would be taken against Rosie by bringing her back to the country.

The CID official also informed that Rosie would occasionally come to the country and entrap rich people in the country by offering to take them to Australia on a relative visa. She offered a package deal for spouses at Tk23 lakh, and Tk18 lakh for single people.

Rosie falsely identifies herself as the Australian immigration consular general to her clients. She then showcases a picture of her receiving an award from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to the victims to establish credibility, the CID official stated.

She also says that she has a good relationship with the Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs Minister of Australia Alex Hawke. “This way, the victims continued to believe her tale and later, Rosie started taking money by talking about paperwork and visa process, in multiple steps,” Imam Hossain informed.

“We are hopeful of bringing her back to the country soon,” he added.

So far, the law enforcement has found seven such people who have fallen victim to Rosie’s scheme.

A computer which was used in processing fake visas, seven fake Australian visa grant notices, five free-treatment healthcare cards, and six Australian airline tickets were seized from the two arrestees.