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Man fined $5,000 for attempted passport fraud

A Haitian man who was arrested last week after Passport Office staff noticed irregularities in documents that supported his application was yesterday ordered to pay fines totaling $5,200 to avoid spending two years in prison.

Edson Dorvalus, 29, of Palm Beach Street, pleaded guilty to attempted fraud by false pretenses and making a false statement at his arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.

According to the prosecutor, Inspector Philip Davis, Dorvalus told police that he had misplaced his passport on April 12. Almost a month later, on May 10, Dorvalus went to the Passport Office with the police report to apply for an e-passport.

After noticing inconsistencies in his mother’s surname on the birth certificate, staff made further checks and discovered that Dorvalus never had a Bahamian passport and called police, Davis said.

Dorvalus’ lawyer, Monique Gomez, said that he had no status in the country, despite being born here. Dorvalus worked as a chef at a restaurant.

McKinney fined Dorvalus $5,000 or two years in prison on the attempted fraud by false pretenses charge and $200 or three months in prison on the making a false statement charge.

He ordered Dorvalus turned over to immigration for processing upon payment of the fines or the completion of his prison sentence.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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