Probe launched into T&T national ID scam

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — National Security Minister Stuart Young says he has requested law enforcement authorities to launch an “urgent investigation” into what appears to be a photograph of a Venezuelan passport and a Trinidad and Tobago identification card belonging to the same person.

In a brief statement, Young said he had become aware of the situation after concerned citizens forwarded the photo which is being circulated on social media.

“I have requested an urgent investigation of this matter to determine the facts. I have communicated with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the Immigration Division and the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).”

The EBC has since said that it wanted to reassures the public that its national database, which has the biodata of every person, duly registered in accordance with the Representation of the People’s Act has not been compromised.

“The EBC advises that there may be other persons operating with fraudulent documents. If you are aware of anyone using fraudulent ID cards bring it to the attention of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and the EBC.”

The photo on Facebook show a passport of a man from Venezuela and then a Trinidadian identification card with place of birth “Chaguanas”. A Trinidadian woman posted her identification card, and the registration number is identical to the one in the name of the Venezuelan man.

The EBC said that it has completed a thorough search of its database and can say no Trinidad and Tobago national identification card was ever issued to the Venezuelan man. It said that the man’s name does not even exist on its database.

“The EBC is aware that the minister of national security has issued a press statement and has initiated an investigation. The EBC will provide every assistance to the respective agencies in resolving this matter.

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