The CBI has charged Goa’s former tourism minister Francisco Xavier Mikky Pacheco and two others of offences related to cheating, forgery and using fake documents to facilitate illegal immigration of Indians to the US.
The agency’s FIR said that Pacheco had allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with Pedro Antonio Joanes and Daniel Raymond Fernandes along with other unknown persons between 2007-08. He also obtained crewmembers’ visas from the US Consulate at Mumbai in the name of several unknown persons.
The FIR said,this was done “on the basis of forged documents and hence facilitated the travel of such persons to United States by using forged documents as genuine.”
“It has been alleged that the accused persons obtained these crewmen’s employment letters with the help of the former Minister of Goa (Pacheco) after paying hefty amounts,” the FIR added. “Searches and further investigation in this case is in progress,” CBI spokesperson Harsh Bhal said.
The CBI registered the case on receiving a complaint against the accused men from US’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, unit of US State Department.
Pacheco — who resigned in June following allegations of his involvement in the death of his companion Nadia Torrado — was arrested, but is out on bail.