Two sentenced for fiddling with Brooks Tower papers

POSTED: 06/14/12 1:05 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced  two women who were one way or the other involved in the Brooks Tower Accord project to conditional prison sentences. Wyesha Gergian Alfred, a 37-year-old former employee of Unico Management Services was sentenced to 6 months conditional imprisonment with3 years of probation and 240 hours of community service. Alfred was found guilty of making false  labor contracts and false employment statements for several people to enable them to obtain a residence permit under  the Brooks Tower Accord. One “client” paid $2,400 for the services.

The court ruled that Alfred knew the statements she concocted were false.

Judge mr. Monique Keppels furthermore sentenced Ines Evelyn Hodge to a 6 month conditional prison sentence with 3 years of probation. Hodge, 56, does not have to do community service.

The court found her guilty of antedating documents as the project leader of the Brooks Tower Accord project. These antedated documents helped applicants to obtain their papers, even though they were too late.

Judge Keppels quoted liberally from a report written by former Lt. Governor and current council of state member Dennis Richardson and former Island secretary Joan Dovale-Meit about the chaos at the Brooks Tower project and took these circumstances into account in sentencing.

“The defendant has no record and she has had for many years an impeccable track record as a civil servant,” the judge wrote in her ruling. “The defendant has also cooperated with the investigation. It is important to note that she did not act to enrich herself.”

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