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Man gets four years imprisonment in Guyana over fake US visas

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2019 | 11:22 AM

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – A 26-year-old Ecuadorian chef, who admitted that he had come to Guyana in the hope of selling fake United States visas, has been sentenced to four years in prison for conspiracy to commit forgery and cocaine trafficking.

The Magistrate’s Court heard that Julio Ceasar-Harreira, on May 23, was intercepted by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department with two fake U.S. visas in his possession.

Harreira then took the police to a house in the capital where, on searching the premises, a cigarette pack, containing cocaine was discovered.

The accused told the Court that he did not know that the fake visa was a serious offence in Guyana, saying “I’m sorry, I had no intention of scamming anybody.”

He also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a quantity of cocaine and pleaded for mercy.

But, Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court sentenced Harreira to three years imprisonment for the conspiracy to commit forgery and one year imprisonment as well as a GUY$20,000 fine for the cocaine charge.

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