A Haitian man who tried to obtain Bahamian citizenship using a false identity was yesterday sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.
On December 12, immigration officials detained Ismith Iclaire for a status check.
While in custody, someone produced a Haitian passport in the name of Maxon Pierre on his behalf.
When the officers checked immigration’s permit database, it was revealed that he had applied for a work permit using the name Ismith Iclaire and had applied for naturalization in the name of Maxon Pierre.
It was discovered that Iclaire fraudulently obtained the Haitian passport, a police record from the Criminal Records Office and an immunization card from the Baillou Hill Road Clinic to support his applications.
Iclaire claimed that he was born in The Bahamas on January 3, 1980 to a Haitian mother and they were both deported when he was a child.
He returned to the country of his alleged birth in 2016 by boat and tried to obtain status illegally.
Iclaire pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false pretenses and one count of attempted fraud by false pretenses when he appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes.
He was sentenced to three years on each count and the sentences will run concurrently.
Forbes said that Iclaire’s crime would make the citizenship application process more difficult for those who had a legitimate claim to it.