Two Immigration Officers alleged to have enabled Canadian passport fraud at V.C. Bird International Airport

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REAL NEWS: Two Immigration Officers – a senior and a junior – are implicated in a serious matter involving passport fraud at the V.C. Bird International Airport, sources claim.

According to reports, one month ago, a Jamaican national who had been deported to his homeland from Canada arrived in Antigua and Barbuda. The man is said to have arrived on a valid Jamaican passport and, therefore, was legally landed here.

It is alleged that, last week, he attempted to leave this country and return to Canada aboard a Sunwing Airlines flight. However, the Canadian passport he presented was reportedly found to be a stolen document.

An Immigration Officer is said to have noticed there was no record of the man having entered the country on that Canadian passport, and the matter was investigated.

Sources say the investigation confirmed that the man had arrived here, from Jamaica, on a Jamaican passport – and, further, that he had been deported from Canada and was trying to return there via Antigua.

It is alleged that two Immigration Officers had colluded to place an “arrival stamp” in the stolen Canadian passport the Jamaican had in his possession. It is also alleged that they had forged the signature of another officer.

Persons close to the reported investigation claim that one of the accused immediately fell ill after learning he had been found out, while the other has been suspended pending further investigation into this matter.

The Jamaican national is said to be in custody at the Immigration Department’s Detention Centre in the meantime.

The sources point to these latest allegations of security breaches as proof that the Department is in disarray and in need of leadership.

They note, too, that it has been six weeks since the disappearance of the seven transiting Indian nationals and almost four weeks since five Haitians went missing from the Department’s Detention Centre.

And, yet, they say, no discipline has been meted out to the supervisor or officers on duty, which they see as another indictment on the Chief and management.

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  1. This is totally unacceptable. We need visa restrictions on Jamaican nationals now! And 10 to 1 these 2 “officers” are not indigenous Antiguans. The ALP is slowly but surely destroying this country.

    • Annnnnnd the first comment just made this a political issue. I was giving it 5 comments but boom…here it is….

      Now let the games begin…

      • @ Here we go again, when you have a politician’s daughter (Yearwood’s) ah run tings in the immigration office, and there’s currently all sorts of serious problems with the running of this GOVERNMENT department – how can it not be a political issue?

        ARE YOU THAT NAIVE? BOOM!

    • This is some Prejudice Crap right here Man🤦🏿‍♂️ You do know us Antiguans go else where and commit crimes and do fraudulent things to right? What we need is good border security that’s all and if the top is slack the middle and the bottom can’t be tight.

      • Maybe these people should also go elsewhere and commit their crimes. Antigua too small for all of this to be going on. Our country was a beautiful place until all the people from the big countries started coming with the encouragement of the labour government and bring their big dutty ways with them. And some of the Antigua learn their dutty ways.

        • HALLELUJAH! Amen and amen 🙏I couldn’t have ssid this any better. Sooner than later likkle ANU/Antigua is definitely going to end up on the REAL BIG countries sh**list just like the Big Hislands namely Jamaica! We are being USED big time. SOOOOOOOO SAD! Maybe at such time Antiguans will begin to see the dregs they’ve been allowing to enter their small hisland! Just a matter of time. TOO LATE SHALL BE THE CRY!🤔😢😥

    • Is it the ALP who is at the Immigration Dept. People have been asked to do a job. Did a government minister ask them to stamp his passport. Come on now. Why is and how is this political? As far as I can see, it’s the officers integrity that is in question here. As soon as anything happens in this country Red and Blue especially comes into play. It’s sickening now man! Great senses man. Grow up jack!!

  2. … and he is in Custody at the same detention center, where Indians and Hatians have escaped? Smh. Sad to say, In every work department you will have ppl who will do their job the right way and some who will cut corners.

  3. What a ting only In Antigua get de rid of all of whom trying to currupt the system Jah know only In Antigua more an more corruption

  4. You Mr byam a run ur mouth bout visa if the illegal stamp was not giving no traveling would take place from the start of it

  5. Stop! No political bullcrap! These officers are being offered plenty $$$, and they are not hesitating to take it. Don’t for one minute think that these are isolated incidents! Too much corruption in this place goes ignored….this latest incident is prime example of ‘somebody buss de mark’ because they didn’t get a share of the $$$

  6. HMMMMMMM!!!!

    Politicians, Police, Immigration, Racist white and black folks, Drug Dealers fronting as fete promoters to wash money, Pedophiles, Land give aways, Water Issues – because certain high ranking persons own water trucks!! what did i miss??

  7. IT IS A FREE FOR ALL IN ANTIGUA….IF THE CUSTOMS BROKER WHO DEFRAUDED THE TREASURY OF OVER THREE MILLION DOLLARS “CAN’T BE CHARGE ALTHOUGH BEEN KNOWN, THE CUSTOMS BOSS KNOW WHO HE IS AND HOW THE FRAUD WAS COMMITTED. PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO THINK THAT CORRUPTION IS LEGAL IN ANTIGUA, THAT IT IS OK TO STEAL, TO BE DISHONEST. WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND AND SEE THAT HONEST LAW ABIDING CITIZENS ARE VITIMIZED AND PUT IN A CORNER…NOT PROMOTED… WHEN A CRIME IS COMMITTED IN THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE THE PEOPLE WHO GET CRITICISED IS THE ONES WHO EXPOSED THE CRIME…JESUS COME QUICK

    • That’s the main reason soooooooo many foreigners are coming here. The perpetrators of heinous Crimes, embezzlement, deception, fraud corruption, pedophilia, injustice and a welcome MAT for the deportees from the BIG countries to chill, and live well

  8. Employ indigenous Antiguan and you won’t have all those damn problem instead you get rid of the good immigration officers the whole immigration depart needs to be revamped to much nonsense taking place.Antiguans by birth are endangered species 😭😭💔💔💔 my god Jesus take the wheel please Antigua gone.

  9. Funny how these people suddenly ‘tek in’ as soon as they’re found out about something – sure sign that they’re guilty!

  10. What happened to the case of the police officer from St. Vincent who they said had documentation to issue passports? How come his case hasn’t been brought to trial up to now. Who was the person from the inside who was involved with him?
    All kinds of people are in Antigua illegally and the government and the daughter of the minister running the immigration department don’t seem to care to enforce the laws as these people are potential voters for the Labour Party.

  11. A question to all.Why are things swept under the rugs in Antigua so quickly? The matters of the Indians and the Haitians.What has become of those Immigration situations? Why we have not heard from CHET GREENE as the Minister of Immigration? Some of those people in Antigua working in certain positions are too damn corrupted. They should be charged and if found guilty,to Hotel 1735 they go.

  12. The Indians not missing anymore. They’re now in the land of the free world USA. if you think am lieing ask the boat man and the politician.

    Take care until wong ping comes again with credible information.

  13. That’s the main reason soooooooo many foreigners are coming here. The perpetrators of heinous Crimes, embezzlement, deception, fraud corruption, pedophilia, injustice and a welcome MAT for the deportees from the BIG countries to chill, and live well

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