Dominican Republic duo fined for overstaying

Two women from the Dominican Republic pleaded guilty on Friday to overstaying their time in Guyana and were fined $30,000 each.

The courtroom of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan heard that between December 1, 2016 and January 10, 2017, at Georgetown, Anna Diaz, 25, overstayed. She had been permitted to stay in Guyana from October 1 to November 30, 2016. Meanwhile, Jalisa Mercado, 22, was also read a charge which stated that between June 20, 2015 to January 10, 2017, having been permitted to stay in Guyana from June 20 5, 2015 to June 20, 2015, she over stayed. Diaz and Mercado pleaded guilty to their charges.

According to Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones the women entered the country via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, and overstayed their time. He said that Diaz and Mercado did not file for extensions at the Central Immigration Office. Jones told the court that on January 10, officers stopped the two women at a Mabaruma police checkpoint and discovered upon checking their passports that they had overstayed their time in Guyana. He said the women were arrested.

Chief Magistrate McLennan fined the women $30,000 each or an alternative of four weeks in prison. After paying the fines or serving time, they are to be escorted to the nearest port of exit and deported to their country.


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