Three Haitians residing in Dominica were each fined EC$3,500.00 to be paid on or before October 31, 2013 or spend 18 months in jail.
The men pleaded guilty to the offence of “Cheating” when they appeared before chief magistrate Evalina Baptiste on April 18, 2013.
According to the facts presented in court by police prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes, 38-year-old Selian Willio, who resides at Roger and 27-year-old Noel Erncy who resides in Coulibistrie went to the honorary consulate of the Netherlands in Dominica, in an attempt to get a visas to travel to St. Maarten with false and forged job letters from a Thomason Brade of St Joseph who, investigations revealed, is dead.
The other offender, Jean-Mary Anatel, 34, presented a forged job letter from Andy Paul and a photo copy of Paul’s Security card.
A employee at the Dutch consulate spotted the discrepancies and called the police.
Paul was contacted and though he admitted to knowing Anatel, denied giving him the said documents.
Lawyer for Willio, Wayne Norde, asked the court not to impose a custodial sentence on his client who he said was a first time offender in Dominica had fully co-operated with the police, not wasted the courts time and pleaded guilty at the first opportune time. Erncy and Anatel did not have legal representation but they apologized for their indiscretion and asked the court to be lenient and not to impose a custodial sentence on them.
Before sentencing, the chief magistrate told the men that their actions were unacceptable. “You ought to know better…your actions were bold, of poor judgment and cannot be tolerated,” she said.
However, she said that since they were first time offenders and had also pleaded guilty to the offence, she was bound as mandated by law, to give them a “discounted sentence.”
The offence carries a maximum sentence of EC$10,000.00 and 7 years in jail.