CBI registers case of fraud against ex-Goa Minister Pacheco

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, September 8, 2010

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against former Goa Minister Francisco Pacheco for allegedly helping two persons get visas for the United States on the basis of forged docuemnts and facilitating their travel to that country.

A CBI press release said the case against Mr Pacheco, who has already been booked in connection with the death of a close friend, related to criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and using forged documents as genuine in the years 2007-08.

"It is alleged that ex-Minister, Government of Goa, entered into a criminal conspiracy with two private persons along with other unknown persons during 2007-2008 and beyond and obtained crew members’ visas from the United States Consulate at Mumbai in the name of two private persons and other unknown persons on the basis of forged documents and hence facilitated the travel of such persons to United States by using forged documents as genuine," the release said.

"Further, it has been alleged that the accused persons obtained these crew men employment letters with the help of ex-Minister of Goa after paying hefty amounts," the release said, adding that searches and further investigations in the case were in progress.