Seven charged for illegally obtained certificates

Illegal nationality ring

Illegal nationality ring

Wednesday, May 21, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The ring of illegal nationality and identification documents uncovered on the island of Caye Caulker has widened as today seven more persons went to court charged with using certificates they were not entitled to use.

The seven are 24 year old Salvadoran Freddy Lobos, Salvadoran Juan Castellanos, Honduran 26 year old Jenny Castellanos Arita and Guatemalans Juana Lopez, 25; Rudy Juarez Reyes, 20; Luis Ramirez, 28; and Mario Reymundo.

All pleaded guilty to two counts related to illegal usage of Belizean birth and nationality certificates except for Juana Lopez, who was charged with one count for a nationality certificate.

They had turned themselves in to authorities in Caye Caulker.

Magistrate Dale Cayetano assessed fines of $1,000 each on all counts, a total of 13, in default six months imprisonment on each count except for Lopez who would serve three months.

At news time only one of the individuals has paid his fine.

In related news the alleged ringleader of the documentary ring, Guatemalan housewife Marleni Castellanos, is expected to be brought back to court later this week for more charges of aiding and abetting usage of illegally obtained documents through her various “connections.”

She along with husband Alfredo Gonzalez Marcos changed their pleas to their original charges even as she was given additional charges relating to the documentary ring.

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