Woman gets three passports using different names
A Clarendon woman who applied for, and obtained three Jamaican passports using different names, was yesterday fined $330,000 in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.
Dorothy Ellis pleaded guilty to three counts of making a false declaration and three counts of obtaining passport by forged documents. After being arraigned, Ellis expressed regret for committing the offences and begged for leniency from Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque.
"To be honest to you ma'am, Your Honour, you know what happen? Everybody wants to go to America and look a better life. But, Your Honour, it never work out for me. Your Honour, I am sorry, a hundred times I am sorry. I am asking for some mercy from you," Ellis pleaded.
The senior judge indicated that she would extend the mercy of not sending Ellis to prison but would instead impose fines. It was shared with the court that, in February 2003, Ellis applied for and obtained a passport using the name Idel Hernetta McIntosh. In November of that same year, she again applied for and obtained a passport, this time using the name Rose Morrison.
The court heard further that Ellis, on another occasion, applied for and obtained a passport in the name Rose Jacqueline Lewin.
"You know, I don't understand. Everybody wants the opportunity but, when you do something like this, it makes it very hard for some people to get visa," Cole-Montaque said.
On each count of making a false declaration, Ellis was fined $50,000 or will serve six months' imprisonment, while, for each count of obtaining passport by forged documents, the defendant was fined $60,000 or the alternative of nine months' imprisonment. Ellis was given a month to pay the fines with a surety.