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St Andrew JP charged with making false statement

Published:Saturday | February 21, 2015 | 7:07 PM

A St Andrew justice of the peace is facing criminal charges in connection with an incident in which a Corporate Area businessman allegedly used a number of forged documents to obtain a Jamaican passport.

The Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force says Justice of the Peace Pauline Perez was arrested on Tuesday and charged with making a false statement.

Perez and 51-year-old businessman Paul Crawford are scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court on Wednesday.

Crawford has been charged with multiple counts of forgery and breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act and was remanded into custody when he appeared in court on Thursday.

He was arrested last Friday after he went to the St Andrew offices of the Passport Immigration and Citizen Agency and allegedly used fraudulent documents to apply for a passport under an assumed identity.

It’s alleged that police investigators found a quantity of marijuana during a subsequent search of his home.