Man deported from Trinidad for using fake passport
A St Catherine man who was deported from Trinidad after going there to work as a security guard on a fraudulent passport was slapped with a $70,000 fine when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday.
Israel Bernard Allen, 58, pleaded guilty to falsely declaring that his name was Milton George Clarke, and obtaining a passport in the false name.
He claimed he had paid someone to do the paperwork for his passport, and had no idea the person put a false name on the form. However, he also admitted to the court that he was working in Trinidad as a security guard under the false name, Milton George Clarke.
Reports from the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) are that on January 18, their offices received information in respect of a passport folder that was suspected to have questionable information. The system indicated that Allen obtained a passport in 2003 with his birth name, and later obtained another passport in another name.
PICA conducted further investigations and confronted Allen with the facts. He admitted to the crime and was charged by the agency.
The presiding judge, Andrea Collins, ordered Allen to pay $50,000 or spend six months in prison for the false declaration, and $20,000 or 60 days for obtaining the passport by false means.