Jamaican woman accused of identity theft
A Jamaican accused of stealing the identity of a Bahamian and getting various documents in her name was denied bail yesterday.
Marlene Stephens, 43, of Pine Yard Road, allegedly tried to renew a NIB smart card in the name of Lakera Poitier on March 11.
Prosecutors allege that on the same date, Stephens had a false Bahamian passport, Bahamian voter’s card and NIB smart card in Poitier’s name. She was allegedly found with more false documents, namely a Bahamian birth certificate in the name of Dorothy Poitier; a marriage certificate in the names of Lakera Poitier and Frantz Saint-Louis and an affidavit stating that Lakera Rolle and Poitier were the same person. Prosecutors allege that Stephens fraudulently obtained NIB smart cards in Poitier’s name on February 9, 2015 and November 13, 2018.
Stephens also allegedly got a Bahamian voter’s card by fraud on January 11, 2017 while using a false NIB smart card.
She is accused of attempted fraud by false pretenses for allegedly trying to renew the smart card on March 11.
Stephens was also accused of two counts of deceit of a public officer. She’s accused deceiving the acting registrar general between September 10 and 16, 2018 and an officer at the Passport Office between January 30, 2018 and December 11, 2018.
Stephens allegedly fraudulently obtained a learner’s permit from the Road Traffic Department in the name of Lakera Rolle on June 27, 2016.
She is accused of trying to get a driver’s license by fraud on April 5, 2017.
Stephens denied the allegations at her arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
She returns to court on May 14 for trial.
Attorney Bernard Ferguson represents Stephens.