Cuban Woman and Son Busted at PGIA with Fake Panama Passports Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

Nairoby Aleyada Gonzalez Villareal, 53-year-old and her 15-year-old son arrived in Belize around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7th, on a flight from San Salvador, El Salvador. Immigration officers at the Phillip Goldson International Airport noticed discrepancies between her name on a Panamanian passport she presented and the signature on her arrival form. According to authorities, the woman presented a Panamanian passport to the Immigration Officers as Nairoby Aleyada Gonzalez but signed the form using another name, D. Reyes. For her son, who is listed as Ricardo Daniel Hernandez, she signed as Nairoby Aleyada Gonzalez. What made authorities even more suspicious was in the section for permanent address they wrote Havana, Cuba, which was different from the country that was listed on the Panamanian passports.     

The officers searched their luggage and found Cuban passports with their photos, name and Cuban identification cards. According to Immigration officials, after they were taken in for questioning the woman said she paid US$3,000 to get the fake passports prepared for her and her son. She was arrested and charged with one count of using a passport not entitled to and one count of assisting a person in using a passport not entitled to. She appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano on Wednesday, January 8th, where she pled guilty to both charges. Magistrate Cayetano ordered Reyes to pay a fine of $2,000 forthwith or spend two years in jail.  A removal order requested by Immigration Department was also granted. She was unable to pay the fine by Wednesday evening and was escorted to the Belize Central Prison.