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.