Haitian woman accused of fraudulent citizenship bid

A Haitian national accused of attempting to obtain Bahamian citizenship using fraudulent and illegally obtained documents was denied bail yesterday.

Widlene Francoeur, 28, of South Ocean Drive, denied 12 counts of fraud-related charges at her arraignment before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes.

Although Francoeur speaks English fluently, Forbes insisted that Creole-interpreter, Charlene Jean, translate the charges in her native tongue.

Prosecutors allege that Francoeur attempted to obtain Bahamian citizenship by false pretenses on March 7, 2014.

While unsuccessful in her attempt at Bahamian citizenship, prosecutors say Francoeur fraudulently obtained a Bahamian passport, AA071822, a Bahamian driver’s license, and a NIB smart card by false pretenses.

Francoeur was also accused of having two forged Bahamian birth certificates on March 6, 2020 in the names of Widline Francoeur and Assaline Smith.

She was allegedly also found with a forged letter, from Anthony Rolle, the coordinator of the Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal Program, stating that she had lost her passport.

Francoeur, who is represented by Bjorn Ferguson, has to apply for bail in the Supreme Court since the magistrate lacks jurisdiction to consider bail for the offenses.

She returns to court for trial on June 16.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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