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Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Illegally trying to obtain Birth PapersOn Monday, July 15th, Guatemalan national, Bianca Yesenia Villatoro-Magana, 22, was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court in Belize City where she was read a single charge of using a document she is not entitled to.

She pleaded guilty to the charge when she appeared before Magistrate Clive Lino and was imposed a $1,000 fine, of which she was to pay $500 forthwith and the balance by September 15th. In default, she is to spend one year in prison.

Magana was detained after Social Security authorities became suspicious of a birth certificate she was using in an attempt to get a Social Security card. It turns out that she was never issued one by the Vital Statistics Unit since she is not a Belizean.

According to Immigration personnel, on Friday, July 12, 2013 at approximately 2:00 p.m., Immigration officer, Carlos Amaya acting upon information received, visited the Social Security Board office in Belize City where he was handed over a Hispanic woman identified as Bianca Yesenia Magana-Villatoro, a Guatemala national who was detained by Social Security officials on suspicions of a false birth certificate.

Officer Amaya identified himself to the woman and requested that she accompany him to their Belize City office for further questioning.

During an interview, it was revealed that she  previously applied for a Social Security card under her maiden name Villatoro in April 2009. This was issued to her under the permanent resident #1588/49, which was confirmed by checks made at the Belmopan Immigration Department office where records of her permanent residency and that of her family was found.

After the interview, checks were made at the Vital Statistics Unit office where no records existed of a birth certificate #897 of 1991 in Corozal issued to her.