Crime

Canefield workers found in possession of 13 fake residency certificates

By Anita Nembhard
Free Lance Reporter

Two Corozal residents were caught in Belize City on Tuesday in possession of 13 certificates of registration for (Belizean) citizenship.
Upon closer scrutiny they turned out to be fake and both men, Marcus Vasco, 40 and Mark Rosalez, 29 of San Pedro Village were charged with 13 counts of possession of false documents.

The documents were made out in the names of Cesar Fernando, Beningo Ramos Marroquin, Ara Argentina Carpio, Carlos Manuel Espinosa, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Anhel Arturo Peralta, Alberto Alexander Medina, Samir Suzeli Chelinos, Marco Julio Medina, Jessica Esperanza Vanega, Estephanie Dyannie Mendoza, Odaliz Mariela Lopez and Maria Estella Ortiz.
In court, the men were unrepresented and both pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Magistrate Rogers offered them bail with stringent conditions, in the sum of $2,000 plus one surety of the same amount.

The conditions were that they both surrender their travelling documents to the clerk of court before they posted bail. They must not apply for any other travelling documents while the matter is before the court; must not leave the country without the court’s permission; must stay away from any witnesses and must report to the Corozal Police Station once a week.

Only Vasco was able to post bail. Both are due back in court on December 29, 2015.
Rosalez who was unable to post bail, was escorted to the Belize Central Prison.

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