A New Montrose woman has been jailed for obtaining a St. Vincent and the Grenadines passport in the name of her deceased sister.
Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett handed down the sentences on Leolina Jack, 48, on Wednesday at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court.
The magistrate rejected the woman’s plea to be allowed to pay a fine, and jailed her for nine months on one of the charges and three months each on four others.
The sentences would run concurrently.
Jack pleaded guilty to four charges, the first being that on June 23, 2017, she went to the immigration office in Kingstown and falsely represented herself to Felicia Samuel, of Questelles, an immigration officer, to be Rebecca Neverson of Union Island and Campden Park.
Neverson, who is Jack’s sister, died in 1998.
Jack was also charged that on the same date, she gave Samuel, a person employed in the Public Service, to wit, the Immigration Department, a Form A application for a St. Vincent and the Grenadines passport and a birth certificate in the name of Rebecca Neverson, pretending to be Neverson, intending for Samuel to accept the document as belonging to Jack.
A third charge was that on July 17, 2017, Jack wilfully procured for herself a St. Vincent and the Grenadines national identification card in the name of Neverson by deception.
She was also charged on Sept. 4, 2017 that she falsely represented herself as the owner of a St. Vincent and the Grenadines passport in the name of Neverson.
In mitigation, Jack told the court that she accepted that what she did was wrong and asked that a fine be imposed.
However, the court had no such leniency on the woman, who was deported from Barbados.
She was jailed for nine months on the charge of presenting the documents to Samuel and three months each on all of the others.
The sentences will run concurrently.