Jamaican caught with stolen Guyanese passport at CJIA

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A 36-year-old Jamaican National was on Wednesday fined $100,000 for forging a Guyana passport, which was reportedly stolen months ago from its owner.

Ricardo Brown appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court and confessed to the charge which read that on April 23, 2018, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), with intent to defraud, he uttered a forged Republic of Guyana passport purporting to be issued by the Central Immigration and Passport Office, knowing same to be forged.

Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield informed the court that Brown entered Guyana and presented himself to an Immigration Officer with the passport under the name Jermain Samuels.

The Immigration Officer entered the passport’s serial number into the Border Management System which showed the passport was issued to Ashanna Singh and was reported to be lost or stolen months ago.

The Magistrate, after considering Brown’s early plea, ordered him to pay the fine or serve 8 months jail after which he will be deported to Jamaica.

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