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December 24, 2012
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Accused fraudster to be sentence in January

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A Clarendon man, who used a falsified passport to gain entry into Jamaica from Panama, will be sentenced in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court in January.

George McKenzie, 36, from Summerfield in Clarendon, pleaded guilty to uttering a forged document on Wednesday, and will be sentenced on January 25, 2013.

Allegations say on December 15, McKenzie arrived from Panama on a Cocoa Airline flight at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, and presented a Trinidad and Tobago passport in the name Gemayal Kirk-George.

However, the attending officer noticed a discrepancy with the passport and took McKenzie to the Immigration Investigation Unit where he was interviewed. It was subsequently discovered that the passport belonged to someone else. McKenzie was arrested and charged.

original passport

McKenzie's lawyer, Vincent McFarlane, making a bail application, asked Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small to show mercy.

"Mr. McKenzie's original passport was lost as a result of a dispute with a family member. The matter was in court and he needed to support his family, and he unwisely decided to use another passport," said McFarlane. "He is very penitent, and he felt he needed to provide for his family."

But RM Wong-Small quashed the application after learning from the investigating officer that McKenzie has a similar case pending before the Corporate Area RM Court after he absconded bail.

"In my opinion, one time is a mistake, and two times it's for a purpose, and this is his second time doing it," Wong-Small said.

"Because Mr. McKenzie is on a charge before another court and absconded, he does not qualify for bail. Mr. McKenzie is not going anywhere right now," the magistrate said, ordering him remanded and his police records to be supplied on the sentencing date.

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