International — 02 August 2013 — by Rochelle Gillett
Indian national, Lovepreet Singh Dhaliwal, 22, charged after attempting to use a fake visa

Dhaliwal tried to enter Belize using a visa that was glued onto a page in his passport

This morning, Lovepreet Singh Dhaliwal, 22, an Indian national, was taken before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton, where he was read a charge of attempting to use a visa not issued by lawful authority, a charge to which he pleaded guilty.

According to the report, yesterday morning at 11:00, immigration officers were called out to the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA), where the airport commander of the immigration office at the PGIA met them and handed over an Indian national, later learned to be Dhaliwal.

A passport, #K0948783, with a visa bearing #D00079085, issued on June 21, 2013, was also handed over to immigration officials.

Dhaliwal was taken to the Belize City office, where calls were made to the Belmopan Immigration office to ascertain whether there was any visa issued bearing the number that was imprinted on Dhaliwal’s visa. Those checks revealed that there was never any visa issued with that number, so Dhaliwal was charged.

It was also revealed that Dhaliwal flew in on a TACA flight from Salvador, and his flight route was from New Delhi, India, to Equador, to Salvador and finally Belize.

After pleading guilty to the charge, Dhaliwal was fined $2,000 to be paid forthwith; he was able to pay his fine and was immediately taken to the PGIA, where he is scheduled to board a flight back to his homeland this afternoon, since a removal order was also ordered for him.

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