Third suspect Brooks Tower scam in court tomorrow

POSTED: 06/26/12 12:26 PM

St. Maarten – Tomorrow morning the Court in First Instance will handle the case of Josane Rosemarie Antoline E. It is the third trial that follows from the investigation into malversation with paper work for applicants seeking a temporary residence permit under the Brooks Tower Accord.
The defendant is the owner of a company called Unico Management Services in Cole Bay. In May a temp worker of Unico already stood trial for creating fake employer’s affidavits and fake labor contracts. The temp worker, Wyesha Gergian Alfred, told the court that Unico is “a company where people pay to get their residence permit.”

According to Alfred, Unico had an agreement with Kazan construction to register people on his company’s payroll at a rate of $400 per name. Investigators later found 30 names on said payroll of people who never worked there, so the construction company alone cashed in $12,000 from the scheme.
The prosecution found several Unico-customers who had paid between $735 and $1,500 for their paperwork. One man even paid $1,500 twice – once “to help him,” once “to pay the correct taxes,” – plus an additional $900 for the work permit.
Earlier this month, Alfred, who no longer works for Unico, was sentenced to 6 months conditional imprisonment with3 years of probation and 240 hours of community service.

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