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January 25, 2014
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woman fined for 'back-stamping' passport

If ever one should make the mistake of overstaying their time overseas, it is advised that they seek to take different measures than those employed by Nicol Pigott in fixing the problem.

On returning to the island from the Bahamas, it is alleged that Pigott took up a friend's offer to have her passport stamped to reflect an earlier return date.

Pigott, who pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud, uttering forged documents and forgery in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court Tuesday, attempted to explain her reasons for breaking the law.

"Somebody tell me that they know somebody that back-stamp," Pigott said.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey responded, "If it's not the normal way, you must get in trouble!"

Pigott was fined $40,000 or six months for conspiracy to defraud, $30,000 or six months for uttering forged documents and $20,000 or six months for forgery.

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