A foreign citizen has been arrested in Kosovo by the Kosovo police after he scammed 70 citizens of the country under false primness that he would help them obtain employment visas to any of the European Union Member States.

According to a press release of the Kosovo Police, the arrested foreigner has profited an amount of €11,000 from his victims, thus making them pay him from €150 to €300 per one visa.

Related to the case, after several months of investigation it has been established that there is a reasonable suspicion that the alien with the initials J.L., owner of an ‘agency’, has committed the offense of ‘fraud’ by submitting false facts, with the purpose of illegal material benefits. He has deceived several citizens of the Republic of Kosovo telling them he would get them Work Visas for an EU country by harming these citizens, each of them in the amount of €150 to €300. Therefore, there is reasonable suspicion that the suspect has benefited around €11,000 (eleven thousand euros), deceiving over 70 persons,” Kosovo Police says.

Kosovo Police has given no further information on the arrested person with initials J.L., including his citizenship. He has however been sent to 48-hour-custody after the interview.

After undertaking the necessary investigative actions, including obtaining evidence and interviewing the parties (victims), as well as interviewing the suspected foreign national with initials J.L. in the presence of defense counsel, in consultation with the Custodian Prosecutor, the suspect has been sent to a 48-hour-custody.

Kosovo Police has warned all citizens of the Republic of Kosovo to be careful and not to fall prey to frauds of any kind, encouraging them to immediately inform the Kosovo Police of any doubts or information about such cases so that the offenders of these crimes are brought to justice.

After declaring independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo became not only the youngest country in Europe but also among the poorest and those with the highest unemployment rates.

While unemployment rate in Kosovo averaged 35.39 percent from 2001 until 2019, with an all-time high of 57 percent in the fourth quarter of 2001, it reached a record low of 25.30 percent in the second quarter of 2019.

As such, its citizens are continuously looking for ways to working in the EU, not only to make their life better but so they can also send money back home to their family members.

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