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February 2, 2013
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Man pleads guilty to fraud charge

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A Clarendon man who entered Jamaica last year with a forged Trinidadian passport was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

George McKenzie, 36, of Summerfield, Clarendon, had previously pleaded guilty on December 19, to uttering a forged document. He was denied bail at that time due to having previously absconded bail for a similar offence in the Corporate Area RM Court.

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

However, a discrepancy was noticed in the passport, and McKenzie was taken to the Immigration Investigation Unit's office where he was questioned. It was subsequently discovered that the passport belonged to another man, and McKenzie was arrested and charged.

Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small handed down her ruling in McKenzie's case after reading his social enquiry report, which was compiled to assist in determining the defendant's sentence.

"I am taking into account the fact that he (McKenzie) pleaded guilty, but the fact is that he is going to prison today. The question is, for how long?" RM Wong-Small said in her summation.

"His behaviour has shown a flagrant lack of respect for the laws of this country. The sentence of the court is 12 months at hard labour," the magistrate added.

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