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A Syrian national has been jailed for two years for having a forged work permit.

George Makhul, 42, a chef at a Syrian restaurant in Chaguanas, pleaded guilty to uttering a forged document in a virtual appearance before Point Fortin Senior Magistrate Alicia Chankar.

George came to this country in 2018 and had been residing in Chaguanas.

The court heard that last Wednesday he went to the Point Fortin Licensing Office to apply for a driving permit. Makhul was asked to produce his work permit, but upon examining it the licensing officer observed that it looked fake.

Point Fortin police officers were contacted. The officers went to the licensing office, took possession of the work permit and took the migrant to the station.

The police then contacted immigration officers who confirmed that the permit was forged as they found no record of it in their database.