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Haitians accused of citizenship fraud

Two Haitian women and one Bahamian man were charged yesterday with fraud by false pretenses and attempted fraud by false pretenses in connection with their attempt to secure Bahamian citizenship for one of the women.

Jane Doe, 19, also known as Jelica Joseph, also known as Jelica Moss; Jane Doe, 44, also known as Carline Joseph, also known as Carline Moss; and Garfield Jamaal Moss, 36, were charged with two counts of fraud by false pretenses; two counts of attempted fraud by false pretenses and one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretenses.

Prosecutors allege that between July 1, 2019 and July 8, 2019, the three defendants committed fraud by false pretenses when they obtained a police record by means of false pretenses from the Police Records Office on University Boulevard.

Additionally, they allege that the trio committed fraud by false pretenses during the same period when they obtained a medical certificate record by means of false pretenses from the Family Medicine Clinic on Faith Avenue.

Prosecutors allege that between July 8, 2019 and November 15, 2019, the three defendants attempted fraud by false pretenses when they attempted to obtain Bahamian citizenship for Jelica Joseph/Jelica Moss. Prosecutors also allege that on November 13, 2019, they attempted fraud by false pretenses for attempting to obtain a Haitian passport for Jelica Joseph/Jelica Moss, in the name of Jelica Moss.

The defendants were also charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, with prosecutors alleging that between November 28, 2017 and November 15, 2019, they agreed to commit fraud.

Jelica Joseph/Jelica Moss was also charged separately with four counts of possession of a false document and four counts of uttering a false document.

Prosecutors allege that Jelica Joseph/Jelica Moss, between April 24, 2018 and November 15, 2019, was in possession of a Haitian passport bearing the name Jelica Joseph Moss, which she knew to be false. On July 8, 2019, they allege that she uttered the document knowing it to be false.

Prosecutors also allege that between July 1, 2019 and November 15, 2019, Jelica Joseph/Jelica Moss, was in possession of a Bahamian police record that she knew to be false. They allege that she uttered the police record on July 8, 2019, knowing it to be false.

Between July 2, 2019 and November 15, 2019, prosecutors allege that Jelica Joseph/Jelica Moss was in possession of a medical certificate record that she knew to be false. On July 8, 2019, they allege she uttered the document.

It is also alleged that Jelica Joseph/Jelica Moss was in possession of a Centreville Primary School letter, which she knew to be false, from August 21, 2019 to November 15, 2019. It is further alleged that she uttered the false document on July 8, 2019.

The defendants each pleaded not guilty to all of the charges before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans.

They were remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services and told they would have to apply to the Supreme Court for bail pending a status check by the Department of Immigration.

They elected to have the matter tried in the magistrates court. Vogt-Evans set the trial to begin on February 13, 2020 and continue on February 28, 2020.

They were represented by Calvin Seymour and Troy Kellman.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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