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June 30, 2014
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Man tries to travel on fake passport

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A St James man who attempted to use a forged passport to leave Jamaica, was fined $100,000 following his appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Wednesday.

Michael Anchard, 47, was ordered to pay $100,000 or spend three months in prison, after he pleaded guilty with explanation to uttering a forged document.

The court was told that on June 20, Anchard presented the fraudulent passport at the Sangster International Airport, in Montego Bay. He was taken into custody after irregularities were found with the passport. It was not disclosed what flight Anchard was attempting to board, or what the irregularities were.

In his explanation, Anchard told presiding magistrate Wilson Smith that he was trying to look after his four children.

"I am going through a lot, I have four kids to send to school, and I'm just looking for a way out," said Anchard.

"You have to have honesty, or we can't have an authentic system. It is better you sit and bear the pain and ultimately do the right thing," RM Smith replied, before handing down Anchard's sentence and ordering him to provide his fingerprints to the police.

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