JP freed of conspiracy charges
A justice of the peace, who was accused of conspiring with a man to sign a passport in a fictitious name, had no evidence offered against her yesterday.
Pauline Perez, 56, of a Kingston address, was freed of conspiracy to deceive after attorney-at-law Alando Terrelonge argued that she knew the man before and did
due diligence before signing the passport form.
Paul Crawford, who was charged jointly with Perez, pleaded guilty to uttering forged documents, obtaining a passport in a false name, and possession of forged documents. Crawford, who was represented by attorney-at-law Christopher Townsend, was fined.
After Crawford pleaded guilty yesterday in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court, Terrelonge argued that the Crown would be hard-pressed to make out a case of conspiracy against his client. He argued that Perez and other persons in the community knew Crawford by the aliases 'Chubby' and 'Lester'.
Terrelonge said before Perez signed the passport form, she asked Crawford to produce his driver's licence and his birth certificate, to which he complied. The documents were in the name Lester Uriel Fenton and the passport form was signed in that name.
Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey asked the Crown if the matter could go any further based on what Terrelonge had outlined. The Crown then offered no evidence against Perez.
Terrelonge said it was unfortunate that Perez had to suffer some degree of embarrassment because the police did not do the necessary checks.