A man who was caught with a fake National Insurance Board (NIB) smart card was sentenced to probation for one year on Friday.
Police arrested Shourn Alphonse, 20, on August 12 after he presented the forged card to an NIB staffer at the National Stadium.
The worker contacted police after a check of NIB’s database revealed that Alphonse had never been issued a smart card, the prosecutor said.
Alphonse admitted charges of possession of a forged document and uttering a forged document at his arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
In mitigation, his lawyer, Ian Cargill, said that Alphonse did not waste the court’s time with a trial and cooperated with police.
According to Cargill, Alphonse recently got a job as a cleaner at a restaurant.
He said that when Alphonse went to NIB to apply for the smart card, someone approached him while he was on the line. The person allegedly told Alphonse that he could help him expedite the process for a fee.
Cargill said that Alphonse collected the card from the person later that day.
McKinney said the circumstances of the transaction should have raised red flags.
He gave Alphonse a second chance and placed him on probation.
If Alphonse is convicted of any offense while on probation, he’ll be convicted and fined $500 or three months in prison.