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Immigration minister says identity theft on the rise

Minister of Immigration Elsworth Johnson said yesterday that identity theft is on the rise in The Bahamas.

“We are finding people with dead persons’ birth certificates,” he said in the House of Assembly.

“And I cannot comment on some matters because they are before the court.

“We know that people take pictures in the graveyard.”

He added, “We know that identity theft is a serious problem in our country, so we are looking at this whole phenomenon of identity theft.”

Johnson also implied that some non-Bahamians have attempted to vote in elections.

“There’s a certain sociopolitical activity that is only reserved for citizens,” he said.

“In the name of Jesus, if you are not a citizen, do not try to vote. If you’re not a citizen, do not get involved in our political economy.”

In recent months, there have been a number of people arraigned for fraud. In several cases, discrepancies were discovered when the people attempted to apply for Bahamian citizenship.

However, Johnson said yesterday that those who are sworn in as new citizens and later found to have committed identity theft, will be dealt with.

“I told the persons sworn in the other day that if we find that you have stolen the identity of anybody, we’re going to revoke it,” he said.

Johnson added, “When you take this oath and you do this pledge and you sing this national anthem, you have given your loyalty and your commitment to your country, and if you don’t live up to that and you commit treason, you deserve to die and be planted in an unmarked grave.”

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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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