CBI raids Pacheco's residence, offices

 A large team of CBI officials descended on the residence and offices of former Goa tourism minister Micky Pacheco in Betalbatim, South Goa, on  Wednesday evening to conduct searches after a case was filed against him by the central agency for acquiring US visas on forged documents.

Pacheco who stood outside while the raid was in progress said at least 15 officials were part of the search team.

“I have kept all my records in order. I’ll come out clean,” he told journalists.
The CBI began investigations against Pacheco after the US Bureau of Diplomatic Security told India that it suspected that the Nationalist Congress Party MLA was running an immigration and money laundering racket.

Sources in the Goa Ministry told Deccan Herald that Pacheco who had recently travelled to America was detained by US officials on September 1 after two Goan boys obtained crew members' visas from the United States Consulate in Mumbai using forged documents acquired through him.

CBI spokesman Harsh Bhal said in Delhi on Wednesday that Pacheco had charged them hefty sums for the documents.

A senior minister said that Pacheco who runs the overseas recruitment agency Bresources Management charged potential “recruits” over Rs 5 lakh to provide false documentation.

Bresources was also registered in Pacheco’s name in the US in 2007 with the company’s address at 1000 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Florida. In 2009 Pacheco registered Bresources in Luxembourg making his live-in companion Viola Rosaline Fernandes a partner. The former minister also has another company Atlantic Maritime Ships Management registered in Florida.

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