Authorities in Barbados are investigating a possible passport scam, after arresting a woman who goes by multiple identities and nationalities.
Barbados Today reports that the court was told that on two occasions the woman identified herself as a Saint Lucian national.
But she also claimed to be a Guyanese national when she used the name – Althea Charles.
The publication quoted Immigration officials in Barbados as saying that the 32-year old accused shoplifter, Alexis Ernestine Charles, had been issued a Barbados passport under questionable circumstances.
The court was told that even though she was in possession of a valid passport, the associated documentation did not reflect that a Barbados ID card had been submitted, as was required for the official travel document to be issued.
Barbados Today reports that the plot got thicker when the court was informed that the name on the passport was not Alexis Charles, even though it was presented by the woman yesterday when she was caught stealing $38.65 worth of items from the Roxy Supermarket on Eagle Hall, St Michael.
To add to the bewilderment of the investigating officer, there was no record in the immigration system of the name, Hosanna Songs, which is contained in the official travel document that was issued on June 30, 2015 and expires in 2025, the publication said.
Immigration could not find any trace of Althea Charles – another name by which the accused woman is known.
Concern was also expressed about the location of the official seal on the document.
Earlier, when the shoplifting case was introduced, the court was told that the woman had been charged at Black Rock Police Station yesterday under the name Alexis Ernestine Charles of Cane Garden, St Thomas, but was charged for theft earlier this year using the name Hosanna Songs.
The accused woman has pleaded guilty to the charge that she stole one can of cashew nuts and a bottle of olive oil from the Roxy Supermarket.
She was remanded to prison until August 10.