Goan man with fake work permit deported

Goan man with fake work permit deported

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The Kempegowda International Airport.

A Goan man who flew to New York with a fake work permit last Sunday, was deported to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) on Tuesday by the US immigration officials.

Valezio Fernandes, a resident of Curtorim in South Goa, was arrested by the KIA police on arrival. 

As he arrived at KIA, Fernandes confessed to the immigration officials that he had paid Rs 2.7 lakh to an agent in Goa, who arranged a work permit issued by one Todd Jefferson, Director of Operation, Domino’s Cayman Jefferson Pizza Services LTD in New York, the police said.

Fernandes also told the officials that he believed that the work permit was genuine. Using those travel documents, he boarded a flight to New York from KIA on Sunday, and landed at the New York airport, he said.

However, Fernandes was nabbed by the US immigration officials who verified the work permit and confirmed it was indeed a fake one. Thereafter, the officials deported Fernandes, and alerted the immigration officials at KIA.

During further interrogation by the police, Fernandes revealed that he was a high school dropout.

He took a six-month hotel management course in Goa, and worked as a cook for three years, he told the police.

Further on, Fernandes worked at a reputed star hotel for six months as an intern, before approaching a Goa based travel agent identified by the police as one Savio Fernandes, seeking employment abroad.

According to Fernandes, Savio assured him a job in the United States and facilitated the fake work permit.

The airport police arrested Fernandes, produced him before a magistrate, and remanded him to judicial custody. They are now on the lookout for Savio.