A Clarendon man who forged a Jamaican passport and then attempted to fly to Brussels on the forged document was fined $100,000.
Carl Sewell appeared before the St. James Parish Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to uttering a forged document.
According to court documents, Sewell booked a flight to Brussels using a forged passport in the name of Gilbert Francois.
On May 20, he went to the Sangster International Airport where he managed to obtain a boarding pass in the same name.
However, he was caught at the boarding gate when the airline official discovered that the passport had been reported lost, and he was told that he would not be allowed to board the flight.
He left the gate and went to the immigration section where the document was inspected. It was brought to his attention that the bio-data page had been tampered with, and that the photograph had been switched.
During Wednesday’s hearing, the court was also told that Sewell was deported from the United Kingdom 10 years ago for a drug-related offence.
Regarding the passport, he stated that he paid someone to obtain it for him.
In passing the sentence, the judge ordered him to pay a fine of $100,000 or spend two months in jail.