NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A total of 11 foreign nationals were arraigned in a magistrate’s court on Tuesday on various charges ranging from possession of a fraudulent extension stamp, overstaying, illegal landing and engaging in gainful occupation without the right to work.
The foreign nationals appeared in court number eight before Magistrate Subusola Swain.
A statement released from the Department of Immigration yesterday outlined that the foreign nationals charged in Nassau comprised of four Venezuelans, three Guyanese and three Jamaicans.
Beatriz D. L. Velasquez Marquez, Mallessia A. Cadogan, Tavanna S. Bennett, Tameka C. Clair and Tomay Clarke were arrested on March 9 at the Sugar Hill Night Club on Thompson Boulevard, and they were all charged with possession of a fraudulent extension stamp. The women were fined $1,000 and in default of payment, they would serve nine months at Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS).
Chelsea Alexander, Beatriz A. Garcia Castro, Yanneris C. Garcia Caicedo and Deymilis A. Arcia Aragor were also arrested at Sugar Hill Nightclub on Thompson Boulevard on March 9 and were charged with overstaying. They were fined $1,000 each and if found to be in default of payment, they would serve nine months at the BDOCS.
Terrian Nikita McPherson was arrested on March 8 in the Church Hill Subdivision, off Soldier Road. She was charged with overstaying and was fined $1500.00 or one year at the BDOCS.
Meanwhile, in Freeport, Chenet Charles, a Haitian national was arraigned before Magistrate Debbie Ferguson in court number one and was charged with illegal landing and engaging in gainful occupation without the right to work.
He was charged on both counts and respectively fined $300 and $3,000 or two years at the BDOCS if he is unable to pay the fine.