A Haitian man in the country on a work permit was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to using a forged birth certificate to get a certificate of identity for his daughter.
Handyman Jackson Similien, 41, Calvin Street, was found out when he tried to get a certified copy of the minor’s birth certificate from the Registrar General’s Department on February 9.
That’s when it was discovered that the birth certificate really belonged to Rashad Wallace.
Investigations revealed that Similien had used the fraudulent document in 2014 to get a certificate of identity for the child in 2014.
He had also used the fake document to apply to the Immigration Department for a belonger’s permit in 2016.
Similien pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a forged document, uttering a forged document and fraud by false pretenses at his arraignment before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis.
Similien told investigators that he had bought the fraudulent birth certificate for $1,000 from a man who has since died, the court heard.
Similien will be deported to Haiti after he completes his sentence.