Two Dominican Republic natives who were reportedly caught with fake visas and counterfeit Labour documentation at the TB Lettsome International Airport, had their matter dismissed when they appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Tuesday, October 30.
Forty-one-year-old Edward Jesismar Carmano Ortiz and 31-year-old Mady Miguelina Marte Rodriguez reportedly entered the territory on October 24 with the intention to live and work.
However, when Immigration officials took a closer look at their visas, authorities reportedly noted that the numbers on their visas were already assigned to other persons.
Further checks with the Labour Department verified that the Labour documents were not genuine.
As such, the two were arrested and subsequently charged with illegal entry.
Defence attorney Leroy Jones contested the charges in court on Tuesday; arguing that his clients should have, instead, been charged with ‘not permitted to land’ as opposed to ‘illegal entry’.
Notably, however, persons found with counterfeit paperwork are typically charged with ‘uttering forged documents’.
In light of the foregoing, Magistrate Innocent overturned the duo’s initial guilty pleas and entered ‘not guilty’ pleas on their behalf.
“It now becomes a matter for the police,” Magistrate Innocent said before dismissing the case.
The duo was then taken into police custody.
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