A senior officer of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Lieutenant Joe Karbeh, has been charged for forgery and is awaiting prosecution.
Making the disclosure yesterday at the offices of BIN on Broad Street in Monrovia, Deputy Commissioner for Administration, Peter F. Zaizay, explained that BIN is disappointed with some officers who reportedly forged signatures of commissioners in order to extort money from people.
Commissioner Zaizay said it is only authorities at the BIN that are mandated to give out immigration documents including residence permits, airport visas and other documents relating to BIN and not just any officer of the BIN.
“Joe Karbeh is under suspension for similar acts he committed in July 2014. He was sent to the NSA for investigation but because the NSA is not authorized to investigate these kinds of cases, he was sent to us to finalize it,” said Commissioner Zaizay.
“Due to forgery, Lieutenant Karbeh and five others were forwarded to the Supreme Court for prosecution,” he revealed.
Commissioner Zaizay called on officers of the BIN to desist from signing any alien’s document and receiving money as the doors of the various commissioners are open for such processes.
“They are not giving us adequate information about the aliens and it is bad for the country, but we will continue to expose them if such information is provided by other officers and the alien community,” he said.
He stressed that aliens should continue to go to the office of the BIN to obtain their necessary documents and avoid passing through officers who are involved in providing fake documents to them.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Joe Karbeh has appealed to the BIN for pardon and said he was guilty of the act.
Mr. Karbeh, 53, said, “I promise never to be involved in such forgery act.”
Explaining how Lieutenant Karbeh was arrested, Deputy Commissioner Atty. Asatu Bah Kanneh said Karbeh was arrested by officers after aliens who were affected and continued to be harassed, reported the case.