Man uses bogus name to get passport
A man who pleaded guilty to obtaining passports by fraud said he committed the offences because he was unable to gain travel privileges to England using his given name.
Stokely Edwards pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining a passport by forged documents and two counts of making a false declaration in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday.
The court heard that he first committed the offence on August 13, 2002, when he applied for a passport in the name Javian Andre Rose.
Edwards again committed the offence in 2012, when he applied for the passport to be renewed in the same name.
"Me just did want leave the country and the reason why I did it is because I was going to England in my name and I get turned down. I did it twice because immigration people called me stupid, seh if I really wanna leave and get turned down twice in my name, I should change that name, so I just do it," Edwards told Chief Parish Judge Chester Crooks.
Crooks told Edwards that technology had caught up with him, and ordered that he pay $100,000 for each count of obtaining a passport by forged documents or face six months' imprisonment. He was admonished and discharged on the counts of making a false declaration.