Shoplifter at the centre of passport scam

It started out as a simple case of shoplifting.

However, immigration officials are now investigating a possible Barbados passport scam, involving a woman who goes by multiple identities and nationalities.  

Appearing before District ‘A’ Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant Wednesday, Tyrone Sealy, an Immigration Officer attached to the Government department’s Investigating Unit, revealed that accused shoplifter Alexis Ernestine Charles had been issued with a Barbados passport under questionable circumstances.

Alexis Charles
Alexis Charles

Sealy told the court that even though the 32 year-old Cane Garden, St Thomas resident was in possession of a valid passport, the associated documentation did not reflect that a Barbados ID card had been submitted, as was required for the official travel document to be issued.

However, the plot got thicker when Sealy informed the court that the name on the passport was not Alexis Charles, even though it was presented by the woman yesterday when she was caught stealing $38.65 worth of items from the Roxy Supermarket on Eagle Hall, St Michael.  

To add to the investigating officer’s bewilderment, there was no record in the immigration system of the name, Hosanna Songs, which is contained in the official travel document that was issued on June 30, 2015 and expires in 2025.

Furthermore, Sealy told the court his department could not find any trace of Althea Charles – another name by which the accused woman is known.  He went further still and submitted into evidence, an affidavit through which the St Thomas resident had intended to apply for a name change.  

Sealy expressed concern about the location of the official seal on the document, adding that an investigation would be launched to determine who the woman really was and how she obtained a Barbados passport.  

He promised that the Immigration Department would pursue the matter to the fullest.  

Earlier, when police prosecutor Neville Reid introduced the shoplifting case, he said Charles had been charged at Black Rock Police Station yesterday under the name Alexis Ernestine Charles of Cane Garden, St Thomas, but was charged for theft earlier this year using the name Hosanna Songs.

He also told the court that on those two occasions, the woman identified herself as a St Lucian national. However, the prosecutor noted that, according to the Forensic Scenes of Crime Unit, she claimed to be a Guyanese national when she used the name Althea Charles.

In the meantime, the accused woman has pleaded guilty to the charge that she stole one can of cashew nuts and a bottle of olive oil from the Roxy Supermarket and was therefore remanded to HMP Dodds until August 10.

15 Responses to Shoplifter at the centre of passport scam

  1. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott July 14, 2016 at 6:23 am

    These people know how to beat a system, why would she do such a thing when she know that she is not legit, she just wanted to be caught.

  2. harry turnover July 14, 2016 at 6:40 am

    A blind man riding backwards on a trotting horse at midnight in blinding rain could see that ‘ MONEY WAS TALKING ” there.

    Somebody said recently that murders in Bim are chicken feed compared to Jamaica and Trinidad and even St.Lucia and St.Kitts….BUT….you see Bdos….IT IS THE MOST CORRUPT BY FAR Country in the Caribbean.

  3. Debera July 14, 2016 at 7:07 am

    What you talking about harry boy,this paridice of our no-no not sweet Barbados put does things under the roughs please lol.

  4. Alex Alleyne July 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Fingerprint and will end the confusion one and for all.

  5. Sue Donym July 14, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Citizens with legitimate claims get gripe to replace lost or stolen documents, which suggests that these people are not going through legal channels or know how to take advantage of the loopholes.

    This could mean good forgers or a sizeable number of willing people trading in legally obtained documents, but also points to collusion from issuing officers.

    Just noticed: Biometrics and Corruption have the same number of letters!

  6. The Negrocrat July 14, 2016 at 11:20 am

    She got no name, no nationality and no identity.
    Just lock up Jane Doe for the next 50 years and we will foot the bill.
    I bet the others will run back home.

    • miche July 15, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      And deduct her room and board at dodds, from your pay pack on a monthly basis.

  7. jrsmith July 14, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Why, as bajan nothing as like this matter surprises me , I always say lots of people in Barbados know who are the real criminals , but because its in the interest of certain people who is benefiting and living good from crime it doesn’t matter, until they get caught…lots of people who you wouldn’t think is deep in crime in Bimshire…
    This woman who should give quite a good bit of evidence to help our police catch the crooked culprits…

  8. BoboTheClown July 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    When investigating Officers find out the real name of this woman,then and only then will they be able to begin to scratch the bottom of how,where, when ,and who got her the Passport.
    This incident points out how easily it is to obtain a fraudulent Passport. This is a very serious matter that should be thoroughly investigated in order to get to the issuing source . It shows how easily a terrorist or someone wanting to do harm to Barbadians ,or anyone for that matter could have possibly sneaked in and out of the Island without being detected.
    It is not the first such case ,and it surely won’t be the last.

  9. BoboTheClown July 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    How can this Woman be caught so many times and have been able to give a different name each time and is still on the street? Some how this lack of professionalism by Officers who previous were involved in her arrest appear to be extreemly frightening. If someone can constantly give a fake name while using invalid Identification ,and get away with it not once but twice it tells me that Officers are not doing they job. It look as though you could give or tell an Officer anything and get away with it as it does appear that there is no follow up to substantiate if you are who you really say you are, and that is scary.
    It seemed to have worked for this woman .What if she was as clever as millions out there .Just imagine what she could have gotten away with. ….Law af merci .

  10. Frank White July 14, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Her name is really A.A.C. I say no more

  11. Marcia Ashby July 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Hosanna Songs? For me that name would raise eyebrows. Does sound made-up.

  12. Greg July 14, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    This brings to mind a story I head about a Bajan guy who was caught in the US in the late 90’s selling drugs and told the police he was Jamaican, they told him to bring his passport, he spent 7 years in jail till he finally confessed he was from Barbados after being stabbed and got the passport delivered, he was deported to Barbados. He assumed the identity of a deceased child got a passport and went to Canada, crossed into the US and was again caught selling drugs in the same area, this time he spent 12 years in jail,,,,,he was again deported and has changed his name again and has jetted off to Canada,,,time will only tell how long he will be there for,,,,,no wonder the government was trying to have all citizens fingerprinted.

    • Coralita July 14, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      The government was shot down.

      Let the criminals come and go as they like.

      If you are not doing anything illegal, fingerprinting won’t bother you.

  13. BoboTheClown July 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

    A real criminal wouldn’t or shouldn’t be bothered by finger printing.If a fella want to evade the authorities he’ll just cut off the fingers that were finger printed .That would not deter a real criminal would it?
    I think she’ll be singing Hosanna in the very near future,when she appear under a new and different Alias.


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