New Delhi: A 20-year-old youth who claimed to be an employee of United States space agency—National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was booked by the Madhya Pradesh police on Friday on charges of forgery and fraud.
The accused, later identified as Ansar Khan, was arrested by the police for forging the signature of the US President Barack Obama on a fake identity card, which was also seized.
20-year-old Ansar had only studied till class 12 but claimed that he had been appointed to NASA’s ‘Space and Food’ program with an annual compensation of around Rs 1.85 crore. Ansar had further claimed that his job was about to start later this month.
Following his word about the job at the United States space agency, a school in Kamlapur had felicitated him on 15th August, on the Independence Day function which was also attended by local politicians. Ansar had also invited some senior officials from Kamalpur administration for the event.
When he came to invite one of the senior police officers Shashikant Shukla, he became suspicious of Ansar’s claims after spotting identity card around his neck, which he found to be faulty.
Following the suspicion, Shukla ordered an enquiry and verification of the young man’s claims.
During investigation, police discovered that Khan’s claims were false and that he had borrowed money from several people under the pretence of paying them back from his high-paying job.
As per police reports, he visited a local photo studio on August 14 where he got printed the fake NASA identity card, complete with the agency’s official logo and a signature of President Barack Obama.
The owner of the photo studio told police that Khan kept on postponing his date of going to the US and did not even possess a passport.