This is an actual story from an actual newspaper, our very own Gazette. I could not make this up, but I kind of wish I had.
ACCRA, GHANA A fake US embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the US State Department announced.
The scam was orchestrated by "Ghanian and Turkish organized crime rings" and a Ghanian attorney, a statement said. Several suspects have been arrested, though others remain at large.
Raids led to the recovery of 150 passports from 10 countries and visas from the US, India, South Africa and the European Schengen zone.
Wow. Wow. What an incredible work of fiction that would make. But would anyone believe it could happen?