Fake French consul in Gabon arrested

2nd June 2005, Comments 0 comments

LIBREVILLE, June 2 (AFP) - Police in Gabon have arrested a French man accused of passing himself off as a France's honorary consul and swindling money off students and other people over visa applications, police said Thursday.

LIBREVILLE, June 2 (AFP) - Police in Gabon have arrested a French man accused of passing himself off as a France's honorary consul and swindling money off students and other people over visa applications, police said Thursday.  

Gerard Cardon, 48, was arrested in Libreville and charged with usurping an official title and fraud for telling students and people applying for long-stay visas to France he could speed up their cases for a fee.  

Police said a Canadian businessman was among his victims and he managed to pocket 20 million CFA francs (EUR 30,500 / USD 37,300) inside a year.  

There is no French honorary consul in the former French colony in central African, an oil-rich country, where France has a consulate in Libreville.

© AFP

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