Armenian Consulate in Los Angeles Issues Statement on Immigration Probe

LOS ANGELES—Armenia’s Consulate in Los Angeles issued a statement Thursday in response to the arrest of five individuals, including a former Consul, charged in an immigration scam.

The Consulate said that it has been informed of the charges levied against the five individuals of Armenian descent regarding the forgery of immigration documents and that it is ready to offer all possible assistance to the law enforcement authorities in the United States.

It added that Norayr Ghalumyan, the former consul and one of the five arrested, stopped working for the consulate after 2002 and took up permanent residence in the U.S. in 2003

Another arrested individual, Hakob Hovhannisyan, a citizen of the U.S., used to work for the technical department at the consulate but was dismissed in 2007.

The statement goes on to say that it expects to receive additional details from U.S. officials, especially regarding the forgery of consular documents.

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