How to travel without breaking the law
Posted On July 28, 2021
A tourist from the Philippines has been charged with a felony after police found more than two dozen fake passports on her body in an empty suitcase.
The 27-year-old, who did not give her last name, told the Los Angeles Times that her passport was taken by two police officers while she was on a trip to the Philippines.
She said she has lived in the Philippines for two years.
“The police came to my hotel room and took my passport out and they found more of the same,” she said.
“There were fake passports in there.”
A Philippine police officer stands near a suitcase with fake passport numbers and passport stamps found in it in front of the hotel room where a Filipina tourist from Malaysia was found dead after being arrested for a fraudulent visa.
(Reuters) Authorities say the Filipina was in Malaysia for two months, and was denied a visa to the United States.
A statement released by the Los Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday said that officers were notified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that a woman in her 30s had been arrested for allegedly attempting to commit a visa fraud scheme.
She had arrived in Los Angeles on May 22, but was arrested the following day when she failed to appear at a hearing in a civil lawsuit over her visa application, the statement said.
The statement did not say if she had an attorney.
She was booked into the Clark County Jail, where she remains in custody.
Her body was found on Tuesday.
Authorities did not release her name, but said she was “an unknown Filipino national.”
A spokeswoman for DHS said the agency was investigating.
“We are aware of the arrest of a Filipino national and are working with the authorities to determine if additional charges are warranted,” DHS spokeswoman Heather Fritz said in an email.
“DHS has the authority to investigate visa fraud and other visa issues, but we will not comment further until we have fully determined the facts.”
Philippines law enforcement officials said they are investigating the incident.
“I feel ashamed and violated,” the woman’s friend told Reuters.
“She had her passport and she did not get it.
What is wrong with us?”
The woman’s mother told the Associated Press that her daughter was a “beautiful woman with good looks, and I hope she can find peace with her life.”
The Philippines’ Immigration Department said it was aware of reports of the incident, but did not have any details.
It said the Philippines, which has about 500,000 undocumented residents, has strict regulations on travel, including passport requirements, visas, residency and employment.
“It is the responsibility of each Filipino citizen to obtain the necessary documentation to enter the country, and the Philippines is working with its consular authorities to establish and enforce appropriate immigration regulations,” the department said in a statement.
The Philippines is a major destination for Chinese tourists.
It is the second largest economy in the world and has the world’s fifth-largest population, according to the World Bank.
About two million people from China and other Asian countries are working and living in the United State, according in 2014 to the Pew Research Center.