Admiral Bailey pleads guilty to fraud charges

Admiral Bailey pleads guilty to fraud charges

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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ADMIRAL Bailey yesterday pleaded guilty to several fraud-related charges and apologised for his actions after being fined in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

The entertainer and respected football coach, whose real name is Glendon Bailey, was fined $160,000 before saying sorry.

"I apologise to the Jamaican public and the court, and you will never see me here again," Bailey said.

Bailey pleaded guilty to two counts of uttering forged documents, two counts of obtaining a passport by false pretence, and attempting to obtain a passport by false pretence.

He pleaded not guilty to three counts of possession of forged documents, and not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud. No evidence was offered for these charges, setting him free of them.

Allegations are that in February Bailey attended the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) offices and attempted to renew a passport in the name Michael George Sullivan. During the renewal process, his true identity was revealed. He was subsequently detained by investigators from PICA.

Bailey's attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, explained to the court that in 1970, Bailey was travelling to the United States when he encountered difficulty filling out the form and was not permitted to enter the country.

He added that Bailey applied for another passport fraudulently, went to the United States Embassy and was given a visa in the passport.

Tavares-Finson told the court that the act was not done with felonious intention.

Bailey was subsequently fined $20,000 or six months for each of the two counts of uttering forged documents; $50,000 or six months for each of the two counts of obtaining a passport by false pretence; and $20,000 or six months for attempting to obtain a passport by false pretence.

— Racquel Porter

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