Another Dominican Republic man has confessed to providing falsified information to Immigration officials at the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport in an attempt to gain entry into the territory.
Charged with uttering forged documents, possession of a forged visa and giving false information to a person in public office is 31-year-old Richardson Gonzales Baez.
He pleaded guilty to all the charges when he appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo on Tuesday.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on March 7, Baez arrived at the local airport and presented a French passport bearing the numbers 09PE54183.
Upon closer inspection of the document, the officials noticed that the passport number should have been positioned vertically but
The gender on the said document also indicated that Baez was female. Another discrepancy that was noticed on the passport was the place of issue. What should have been the French country of Guadeloupe was misspelt ‘
The signature on the passport was also different from the signature on the Immigration form that Baez filled out on his arrival to the territory, the court heard.
The passport also showed many exit and entry stamps except the Dominican Republic although Baez’s claims that he was a French national living in the Dominican Republic since the age of four.
More documents found
The court further heard that a thorough search of Baez’s luggage uncovered another passport issued by his home country bearing the numbers RD3919195 as well as a BVI visa.
The authorities also found a voter ID card, a police certificate from the Dominican Republic as well as a job letter from a construction company in the BVI among his belongings.
Upon examination of the BVI visa, the words ‘office’, ‘I
Furthermore, the signature on the visa did not match the signature of any employee of the BVI Civil Registry and Passport Office.
Baez was subsequently arrested and charged.
When interviewed by police, the confessed offender reportedly said he knew that his French passport was fraudulent and admitted that he was a native of the Dominican Republic and not a French national.
“I give my passport to a relative, and when they give it back to me there was a BVI visa stamp in it,” he said.