Mohali-based visa consultancy booked for fraud

JAMMU: The Jammu Crime Branch on Monday registered a criminal case against three cheats, including an owner of a Mohali-based visa consultancy firm, for defrauding two Reasi residents on the pretext of providing work visa for Canada.

The accused have been identified as Mohali’s Aditya, owner of VFS Global Associates, and his associates Daljeet Singh, also from Mohali, and Love Preet Singh of Jalal Patti Khudi Kalan, Barnala.

According to the Crime Branch, Manpreet Singh and Gagandeep Kaur, residents of Bharkh village in Pouni tehsil of Reasi district, in a written complaint alleged that they had a conversation with Aditya after getting a reference about his consultancy from a television channel.

“The accused induced and lured the complainant and later also showed some kind of an offer letter from Canada and told him and his wife to deposit money in the name of health insurance, medical check-up and the processing fee,” said an official spokesperson of the Crime Branch.

“He later demanded more money for finger print forms, embassy fee and the accommodation charges for their stay in Canada. After taking an overall amount of Rs 4,59,800 from the complainant, the accused did not respond nor did he pick their phone calls,” the official added.

The Jammu Crime Branch initiated preliminary verification and established prima facie offence against the accused, said the official.