DR woman in court for forgery


DOMINICAN Republic national, Doris Vasquez Santana, was on Thursday remanded to prison after she appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court charged with one count of forgery and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony before Magistrate Judy Latchman.The thirty-six-year-old, who told the court that she is looking for a job in Guyana, pleaded guilty to the charge, which stated that on February 13 at Camp Road, Georgetown, she presented to an Immigration Officer one Dominican Republic Passport number SE19442556 in favour of herself with four false Guyana Immigration stamps.

It is also alleged that between January 6 and February 13 at Georgetown, she conspired with person or persons to commit the crime of forgery, where four immigration stamps were in her Dominican Republic Passport number SE19442556, purporting to show that they were issued by the Central Immigration Office.

With the aid of an interpreter, Santana told the court that she only presented her passport to the immigration officer and did not know the stamps were false. In light of that statement, Magistrate Latchman changed her plea to not guilty. Police Prosecutor, Shawn Gonzales objected to bail on the ground that the defendant is not a Guyanese and if granted bail she is likely to flee. Santana was remanded until February 21.