Taxi driver fined for forged passport

The promise of visa-free travel to Canada landed a Lusignan taxi driver before a city court, where he was fined $30,000 yesterday on a conspiracy to commit fraud charge.

It was alleged that Rohit Singh, 39, between February 1st and November 25th, 2015, conspired with a person or persons unknown to forge a Barbados passport #R159966, which was issued to Addey Singh.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charge.

The police’s case is that earlier this year Singh had met a Barbados national, who informed him that he had connections to assist persons in getting to Canada, by getting them a Barbados passport. The passport, he’d been told, would guarantee him visa-free travel to Canada.

The accused provided all necessary information for the document to be forged in his favour, including the name “Addey Singh.”

It was reported that on November 28th, the defendant was arrested by ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit during the course of an investigation, when they came across the passport, which they suspected to be forged. Singh was subsequently charged with the offence.

Singh will be required to pay a fine of $30,000 for the offence, as ordered by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, or alternatively, serve four weeks in jail.



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