Persons fined and imprisoned for fraudulent preliminary results slips
A year after a Sunday Gleaner investigation exposed that Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) passes were available for sale on the streets of Kingston, the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) in Jamaica has revealed that several persons have been charged for possessing these fraudulent documents.
Only last week, a man who attempted to enter the police force with fake CXC results was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment, and Hector Stephenson, executive director of the OEC and local registrar of CXC, says this is not unusual.
Stephenson told The Sunday Gleaner that persons who have bought the fake preliminary results slips from the scammers on the streets often visit the OEC in a bid to get an official certificate.
"You know you have a fraudulent document because you know you didn't sit the exam," said Stephenson.
He added: "Very often, when they get those fraudulent documents, especially the preliminary results slip, they will show up at the OEC to get a certificate, not being aware that these results do not exist.
"We have had many cases where we have called in the police, people have been charged and a number of them thrashed out in the court, and people fined. There are always ongoing cases of fraudulent preliminary slips. We just finished a case," said Stephenson.
The OEC head pointed out that three or four cases have made it to court over the last three years, but some persons "confess to the police there and then".
The local registrar said the OEC is developing a plan to warn employers and admission officers about the existence of fake results slips, and to promote the OEC as a place that verifies CXC results.
BE MORE CAREFUL
He had a word of caution for those who would seek to purchase fake preliminary results slips. "They need to be more than careful," Stephenson said.
During our investigation in September last year, the scammer sold an undercover member of our news team a grade one in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate mathematics exam for $12,000, even though the reporter had not sat the exam.
At that time, the scammer claimed that in addition to providing the preliminary results slip, the information would have been added to the CXC database by one of his sources who worked with the regional entity. CXC denied that claim.
After making the link via the BlackBerry messenger service, our reporter met with the man in downtown Kingston and handed over the $12,000. The preliminary result slip was delivered days later with the fake name and the fake date of birth which our reporter had given to the scammer.
The scammers had added a registration number, centre number and 'Jamaica Private', signifying that the exam was taken privately in January 2012. The preliminary slip showed an A (for knowledge), A (for comprehension) and B (for reasoning) profile, which is just shy of a distinction.
In response to The Sunday Gleaner investigation in September last year, chief executive officer of the CXC, Dr Didacus Jules, warned that holders of falsified preliminary results slips could be prosecuted.