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9825: Miami man charged with trying to get passport for deportee (fwd)

From: leonie hermantin <lhermantin@hotmail.com>

Miami man charged with trying to get passport for deportee

November 29, 2001, 7:41 PM EST

MIAMI -- A Miami man was charged Thursday with trying to get a passport for 
a deported Haitian friend after an attentive passport worker noticed 
irregularities in his application.

A clerk who accepted a passport application from Gary Fontus at North Miami 
City Hall noticed Oct. 24 that his new picture did not match him, the 
picture on an expired passport or his driver's license.

Fontus, 22, of Miami, went to the main Miami passport agency to check on the 
application Wednesday and was arrested.

During questioning, he told investigators that he was trying to get the 
passport for a Haitian citizen who had been deported for trying to enter the 
United States with marijuana. The passport would have been in Fontus' name 
with his friend's picture.

Fontus made his initial court appearance Thursday. Bond was set at $100,000 
on a charge of lying on a passport application and he was ordered to return 
to enter a plea Dec. 13.
Copyright  2001, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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