Dominican Republic national Richardson Gonzales Baez who was convicted for possession of a forged visa has been placed on early release and a deportation order issued for him.
Governor Augustus Jaspert made the order on December 5. He said the Spanish-speaking offender should be placed aboard the “first available ship or aircraft about to leave the territory”.
“I, Augustus J. U. Jaspert, Governor of the territory of the Virgin Islands, in exercise of the power conferred on me by section 40(1) (b) and (c) of the Immigration and Passport Ordinance (Cap. 130) do hereby order the said Richardson Gonzalez Baez to leave the territory of the Virgin Islands on or before the expiration of seven days from the date on which a copy of this Order is served on him by an Immigration officer or a police officer, and thereafter to remain out of the territory,” the deportation order said.
Baez’s conviction saw Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo slapping him with a combined prison sentence of 26 months back in April 2019.
He was sentenced to 12 months for providing false information to a person employed in the Public Service, eight months for uttering a false document and six months for possession of a false document.
Baez was expected to spend to serve no more than 12 months in prison since the magistrate ordered that his sentences run concurrently.
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