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Man steals dead brother’s identity

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A Corporate Area man confessed that he obtained a fake passport in his deceased brother’s name, as he was approached by members of his community who wanted to purchase the dead man’s identity.

Romane Stewart, who is before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court for fraud-related charges, shared: “My brother died in 2001 and people were coming to try and get his birth paper to buy so me kinda tek it for myself.” Stewart pleaded guilty to making a false declaration, obtaining a passport by a forged document and uttering a forged document. He is charged with Doverton Francis and Michael Langren. Francis pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining a passport by a forged document, two counts of making a false declaration and four counts of uttering a forged document, while Langren pleaded guilty to three counts of making a false declaration and three counts of obtaining a passport by a forged document.

It was reported that Stewart applied for and obtained a passport in November 2006 using the name Deron Stewart. The court heard that he used the passport on December 21 that year.

His revelation raised eyebrows of those inside the courtroom, including Chief Parish Judge Chester Crooks.

“I need a special report. I need to have an understanding as to how they found themselves in this position and why they did what they did,” Crooks instructed the probation officers. “What is striking me here is that they are admitting to multiple counts of fraud and forgery. I mean …. we just don’t think we are doing something wrong,” the chief judge said.

Stewart, Francis and Langren were made subjects of a fingerprint order and are to return to court on November 10 for sentencing.