Yesterday Thursday, April 10, 2014 at around 4 p.m., Immigration Officers at the Phillip Goldson International Airport intercepted three people with fake passports coming off an AVIANCA flight from El Salvador.
On board with fraudulent documents were two Cuban brothers with fake Guatemalan passports and a Nigerian with a fake Belizean visa.
Airport staff noticed discrepancies in the travelling documents of the three men who were all travelling together. The men were taken to court today and they identified themselves as 40 year old Joel Jaimes Gonzalez, who in his fake Guatemalan passport went by the name, Nestor Bayona Carreno.
His twin brother, Joany Jaimes Gonzalez, went by the Guatemalan name, Felipe Bayona Carreno. Both pleaded guilty to the offense of using a fake passport.
They were facing a maximum fine of $3,000 but Magistrate Leslie Hamilton fined them $1,000 each, plus a $5.00 cost of court fine of which they were order to pay forthwith in default, 6 months imprisonment.
The Nigerian national, Patrick Joshua Aibaengbee, 53, went before the court to answer to a single charge of possession of a fraudulent document; a Belizean visa.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge of possession of a fraudulent document. This is an interesting Plea as when Aibaengbee’s travelling documents were properly inspected he was found to be using a very old Belizean visa; the old stamp type as opposed to the new seal.
He was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until April 29, 2014 where his case will be tried. The Immigration officials told us the three men were heading to the United States.