A father and daughter have been remanded for allegedly trying to enter the territory with fake BVI visas.
Charged with uttering forged documents are Dominican Republic natives, Leonel and Leonela Calderon.
They were not made to plead to the charge when they appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards this week.
Allegations are that the accused duo arrived at the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport on March 1.
Upon arrival, Immigration officers discovered that the visa stamps in their travel documents appeared suspicious.
Immigration officers subsequently apprehended the accused father-daughter duo for questioning.
It is alleged that during the Immigration interview, the 35-year-old father claimed his passport had been stamped with a BVI visa when he collected the travel document from the British Consulate in his homeland last October.
He allegedly said he also collected one for his 18-year-old daughter and co-accused, Leonela.
Visa numbers already assigned
But, BVI authorities contacted the said British Consulate and were told that no visas were issued to either accused persons.
Further checks reportedly revealed that the BVI visa numbers seen in both the father and his daughter’s passport had already been assigned to other persons.
The court heard that when the British Consulate in the Dominican Republic received a copy of the visas in question, they said the stamp, font, and seal used in the fake visa were visibly different from their own.
The accused father and daughter were subsequently charged.
In court, Magistrate Richards ordered their remand.
In response, the accused father asked if he and his daughter could be fined and released because he has ‘a family to take care of’.
He then claimed that he did not know the visas were illegitimate.
Both accused persons will be brought back to court on March 16 when they are expected to answer to the charge.
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