A French national of Malian descent on Wednesday pleaded guilty to having three false IDs.
Malan Doumbia, 36, was arrested at the pre-clearance section of Lynden Pindling International Airport on Sunday.
Doumbia was arraigned without the assistance of a French interpreter after Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain determined that he spoke fluent English.
Addressing him in French, Swain asked, “Tu comprends bien?” or “Do you understand?”
Doumbia replied, “Yes.”
He pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of forged documents after he was found with driver’s licenses bearing different names.
Doumbia said the licenses were “old documents”.
He claimed, “I never used it and I never intended to use it. I forgot they were in my wallet.”
Swain asked Doumbia why he was in The Bahamas.
He said that he had planned to vacation here with a friend, who couldn’t make the trip “due to family problems”.
Doumbia said he traveled from Philadelphia where he lives with his wife.
Swain fined him a total of $3,000 or he would have to spend nine months in prison, and recommended his deportation.
Doumbia had $2,000 on him at the time of his arrest, so that money will be applied towards the fine.