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Yemeni accused of visa fraud apprehended in NC

Posted November 19, 2015

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— A Yemeni national wanted in New York on visa fraud charges has been arrested in North Carolina.

Abdulrahman Ahmed Abdo al Waeli is expected to appear in federal court in Greenville on Friday.

State Department investigators say al Waeli is among dozens who obtained illegal visas from a foreign worker inside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen. According to federal criminal complaints, the men involved in the scheme claimed they were coming to the U.S. for trade shows, but their listed employers don't exist and they never registered for or attended the shows.

Federal investigators say al Waeli arrived in New York in October 2014 with the stated intention of attending a show in Miami, but he then disappeared. He also listed a Brooklyn address on his customs and immigration forms that wasn't disclosed on his visa application.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has declined to say whether the visa fraud ring has any connection to terrorism. Yemen is home to a branch of al Qaeda that has been accused of at least two terror plots against the U.S. that were stopped.

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  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 19, 2015
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    And folks like Roy, want us to bring more of these lying, cheating people. He says it will be OK. Since Roy said it, then it must be true, so let's just allow anyone and everyone, to grace us with their presence. Certainly there will be no problems.

  • El Conquistador Nov 19, 2015
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    How on earth do these people get in to our country? Oh. wait never mind...

  • Roy Hinkley Nov 19, 2015
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    Can you please cite your source?

  • William Teach Nov 19, 2015
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    I'm utter shocked that aomeone from a completely peaceful nation lIke Yemen would perpetrate such a fraud. There must be a mistake, besides, Obama's totally got this all under control. This guy must have come here for the pastoral scenery and lollipop industry.

  • Real Libertine Nov 19, 2015
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    Actually, that's EXACTLY what Obama is calling for.

  • Tripp Weiland Nov 19, 2015
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    No one wants to "just open our doors to any and all refugees". That is a ridiculous statement and you know it.

  • Tom Laurence Nov 19, 2015
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    Way to go Law Enforcement....Great Job!! And to those who want us to just "open up our doors" to any and all refugees..... read this article carefully. No, not all refugees are criminals and have criminal intent, but we need to identify and stop those who do. Kudos to those who caught this criminal with "5 words in his name." Deport him, and make sure he is locked up for a long time!!