ANOTHER CUBAN REMANDED FOR FORGERY

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Another Cuban National has been slapped with three charges, including attempting to forge a visa appointment letter. The man claimed that he was tricked by an unknown person from whom he sought immigration services. Javone Vickerie reports.

Fifty-two-year-old Lazaro Pereira Alanzo was arraigned before Magistrate Sherdell Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates Court on Thursday.

It is alleged that on December 17, 2018, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he uttered to Ayana Harris, a General Clerk at the Ministry of Presidency, Department of Citizenship, one visa appointment confirmation letter, dated January 11, 2019, in favor of himself, purporting to show that the document was issued by the Mexican embassy.

It is also alleged that between September 29, 2018, and December 17, 2018, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he forged one visa appointment letter dated January 11, 2019, in favor of himself purporting to show that the document was issued by the Mexican embassy. The last charge stated that he had overstayed his time in Guyana. He denied all charges. With the help of an interpreter, Alonzo explained “I am not guilty of the offences and I was tricked by the person who filled out the forms for me. Bail should be granted to me.” The prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that Alanzo has no ties to Guyana.

The police stated that Alonzo was in Guyana and had applied for a visa at the Mexican embassy. That request was turned down. The prosecution further noted that the discovery of the forgery was made days later when he went to the Ministry where it was discovered that the confirmation appointment letter issued to the Ministry did not originated from the Mexican embassy in Guyana. Alanzo was remanded to Prison until January 14 2019.

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