A Cuban Doctor and his wife, who both confessed to uttering a forged document to an immigration official, were this morning sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for the crime.

Dr. Alexi Fransico Vasquez, 38, and his wife, Juliette Sanchez, both pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on February 13 ,2019, at Molesen Creek, Berbice, with the intent to defraud, they uttered to an immigration official two forged Republic of Cuba passports, purporting to show that they were issued by the Immigration Authority.

The couple appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

The court prosecutor stated that the couple came to Guyana on February 11, 2019 via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).

However, on February 13, 2019, while they were at Molesen Creek attempting to go over to Suriname, they were asked by an immigration official to present their passports for examination.

The officer upon examining the passports observed that the couple passed through the CJIA using forged documents.

They were both arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) where they told officers that they wanted to travel the world and they paid a lawyer US$5,000, and he acquired the passports for them.

The Magistrate after listening to facts sentenced the couple to 12 months imprisonment. Upon completion of serving the jail time they will be deported.


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