A South African identifying himself only as “John Doe” was taken into custody at Bali Hai Pier May 1 for not possessing a passport. Lewis Dennis, 34, claiming to be from Liberia, presented a copy of a Liberian passport with an expired visa.
Africans “John Doe” and Lewis Dennis have been arrested on immigration charges.
Police said they believed the men were trying to dupe people into a “black money” scam, where tricksters claim to be able to turn scrap paper into U.S. currency in exchange for an investment in the required chemicals.
However, investigators could not find enough evidence to charge them men, so simply arrested them on immigration charges.