Visa Fraud MP begs for forgiveness over visa fraud allegation

George Boakye's response comes after the UK High Commissioner Jon Benjamin wrote a letter to the Speaker of Parliament citing three sitting members of parliament and a former member of parliament in an allegedn visa fraud using their diplomatic passports.

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The former Member of Parliament for Asunafo South George Boakye has denied claims by the UK High Commission that he was engaged in visa fraud.

His response comes after the UK High Commissioner Jon Benjamin wrote a letter to the Speaker of Parliament citing three sitting members of parliament and a former member of parliament in an alleged visa fraud using their diplomatic passports.

According to the commission, the MPs used an unauthorised person (a goro boy) and their diplomatic passports to apply for visas for some individuals who travelled to the United Kingdom and did not return as stipulated by their visas.

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They are Richard Acheampong, NDC MP for Bia East in the Western region (NDC), Joseph Benhazin Dahah, NPP MP for Ntotroso in the Bono Ahafo region, Johnson Kwaku Adu, NPP MP for Ahafo Ano South West in the Ashanti region and George Boakye, former MP for Asunafo South in the Bono Ahafo region.

George Boakye “is highly unlikely to be issued any further visas to visit the UK in the next ten years for his role in facilitating his daughter's travel to the UK.”

Former MP for Asunafo South George Boakye play

Former MP for Asunafo South George Boakye

 

“On 11/09/2012, the then Honourable and now former MP for Asunafo South George BOAKYE applied for visas for himself and his 37-year old daughter, Joyce BOAKYE to visit a friend in London for 17 days The visas were granted on 14/09/2012. On 17/01/2013 Joyce BOAKYE travelled to the UK with her Honourable father. Joyce BOAKYE did not leave the UK with her father but remained until 06/01/2017. In other words, she finally returned to Ghana just this month, having been in the UK illegally for over three years, and only then at our strong urging of Mr Boakye to bring her back.”

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Responding to the allegation levelled against him he said that he was not engaged in visa fraud since the documents were legally acquired.

He, however, admitted that his daughter erred.

In an interview with Accra-based Starr FM, he said that “when your son or daughter goes out and whatever he or she does and there is a credit to it you’ll take and in the same vein when it is the other way you have to take it.”

He added that he can only beg for clemency.

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