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February 1, 2014
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Woman fined for submitting fake documents for passport

Rasbert Turner, Portmore Star Writer

A Portmore woman who was caught with a fictitious passport was fined $130,000 in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

She is Petagay Wright from the municipality.

When Wright appeared in court, she pleaded guilty. Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey told her that she could be fined up to $1million.

Defence attorney Shantez Stewart made an impassioned plea on Wright's behalf. He told the court that the accused was not beyond redemption and that a non-custodial sentence would benefit all concerned. Pusey then fined Wright.

Allegations are that Wright went to the passport office last week to apply for a passport. She tendered a fake driver's licence, a fake TRN, and a fake birth certificate. Checks later revealed that Wright was trying to get the passport in a different name.

She was subsequently charged with possession of forged document, conspiracy to defraud, uttering forged documents, and possession of forged document.

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