- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Two Roanoke residents arrested in Washington, D.C., on suspicion of passport fraud have admitted their guilt.

The Roanoke Times (https://bit.ly/1o4b4G2) reports that the two admitted to conspiring to procure fake papers from two African embassies.

A third defendant in the case has asked for a trial.

According to court documents, the three schemed to bribe embassy officials for a passport under a phony name. They expected to give the passport to a fourth person who went along on the ride.

The fourth person said he would furnish $1,000 in bribe money and accept the passport and then catch a plane out of the United States to avoid facing state drug charges.

That person was actually a federal informant.


Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com

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