A Syrian national has been given a two-year jail sentence 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 court appearance before Point Fortin Senior Magistrate Alicia Chankar.

George Makhul came to this country in 2018 and had been residing in Chaguanas.  Last Wednesday he went to the Point Fortin Licensing Office to apply for a driving permit.  He was asked to produce his work permit, but upon examining it, the licensing officer observed that it looked fake.

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

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