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Female Cameroonian nabbed for fake passport

Immigration personnel at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested on Friday afternoon a female Cameroonian who presented a fake passport for visa extension.

BI SM Aura Satellite Office Chief Evita Argene Mercader reported the interception of Irene Lekeayi Nyiwung, 31, who presented the fake document during her application for visa extension.

According to Mercader’s report, personnel noticed major inconsistencies in Nyiwung’s passport, which was then submitted to the BI’s forensic documents laboratory for verification. It was later confirmed that the passport submitted was fraudulent.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco lauded the interception and arrest, and reminded immigration personnel to remain vigilant in processing applications.

“These fraudsters still attempt to use fake documents to dupe immigration personnel. However, our frontliners are highly skilled in document inspection, so these types of fraud will definitely be caught,” Tansingco said.

Nyiwung was turned over to the BI’s intelligence division for further investigation and booking, and will be temporarily held at the BI’s facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig pending deportation proceedings. (JERRY S. TAN)

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