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Ghanians Arrested in Scam For US Citizenship Using the (VAWA) Violence Against Women ACT

These scams are ruining the lives of American citizens

By IwriteMywrongsPublished about a month ago 3 min read
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Wednesday, 24 January 2024

By: TB Obwoge

As a Black, American woman who is married to an African man, that only seems to have used me for my citizenship, I find pleasure that this story has a positive ending. Though this same scam is being used against American spouses as well, the US government seems to ignore the calls of Americans married to those from all over the world which happen to be using this same American law created to protect women.

My husband, who I helped support through his university studies, went onto marry 3 other women, which is legal in Kenya now but wasn't when we married. Former president Uhuru Kenyatta change the 2014 Marriage Act of Kenya after we had married.

There are more people that need to be arrested from the stories I've heard from some American women. As well as the still active Ghana scams which are giving Ghanians illegal visas to the United States, one is a medical visa scam and another where a Ghanian claims he can buy 5-year visitor visas from someone in a Ghana government position.

These fraudulent visas are costing anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 USD, the American embassy in Ghana and several US agencies don't seem to care though when or if you try to report these scams to them.

This is very interesting for the fact that many Ghanians are claiming that Nigerians are the scammers in Africa and that Ghanians are better behaved people because they're Ghanians.

There is a Black American woman, who is well into her 60's who was scammed by her Ghanian lover. She being 63-years old was with a man in his late 20's, she believed that despite their age gap, that he loved her. Even though she didn't live in Ghana, only coming to the country 2 times in over 2 and 1/2 years time. 

The young man ended up obtaining over $80,000 USD from her, she also is refusing to take any legal action against the man. She's paid investigators to locate him and found out he's now driving a new luxury car but she doesn't know what happened to the land he bought in his name. She told me of several cases where African men, Ghanian especially were claiming that they were abused by their American spouses.

The way this below article is written is actually not fully truthful, according to a story it makes it appear as if these people didn't know they were lying. Clearly, no one can trick you into claiming abuse when you were not abused.

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Fraudulent Ghanaian Lawyer and Son Arrested for Scamming Immigrants in the US

January 24, 2024

In a shocking turn of events, Ghanaian lawyer Kofi Amankwaa and his son, Kofi Amankwaa Jr., both residing in the United States, now face charges related to an extensive seven-year immigration scheme. The alleged conspiracy involved advising clients seeking green cards to submit fraudulent petitions under the Violence Against Women Act, falsely claiming abuse by their American citizen children.

This misinformation served as the basis for travel permissions and subsequent green card applications, leading to a significant number of denials and deportations.

Facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and immigration fraud, the Amankwaas confront potential maximum sentences of five and ten years, respectively. The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, emphasized the gravity of the situation. Additionally, the New York attorney general, Letitia James, has taken legal action by filing a lawsuit seeking restitution and damages against the accused. Kofi Amankwaa, a licensed New York attorney since 1996, saw his license suspended in November amid numerous complaints from clients or their family members.

Despite the suspension, Amankwaa continued to provide legal advice, with his son, who lacked a New York law license, also involved. The case of Ricardo Velazquez, one of Amankwaa's clients, illustrates the dire consequences. Velazquez, living in the Bronx for over two decades, followed Amankwaa's guidance to leave the country and re-enter for his green card application, only to be detained in Mexico and eventually deported.

Legal experts, including Stephen Yale-Loehr of Cornell Law School, express astonishment at the use of the Violence Against Women Act for immigration fraud, highlighting the challenges in identifying such deceptive practices. The unfolding events underscore the devastating impact on families seeking the American dream, as trust in Mr. Amankwaa turned into forced separation and a profound breach of ethical conduct.


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©️TB Obwoge 2024 All Rights Reserved


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I'm the president of a nonprofit. I've lived in 3 countries, I love to travel, take photos and help children and women around the world! One day I pray an end to Child Marriages, Rape and a start to equal Education for ALL children 🙏🏽

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  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and exposing this. It takes a while for the justice system to catch up, and sometimes, the investigators are watching and gathering facts and supporting documentation. Let's hope the perpetrators are prosecuted.

  • Naveed about a month ago

    Fabulous work! Keep it up

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