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Man in court on false passport charges

A man caught with false passports now faces additional charges of money laundering and illegally obtaining a Bermuda passport.

Prosecutors said that while the defendant had a Bermuda passport in the name of Alfred Alva Thompson, they are unsure of his actual identity, listing alternate names William Gates and Watson Ogon on the charge sheet.

Earlier this month, the defendant denied charges having a false British Overseas Territories Citizen passport, tendering a false application to obtain a Bermuda passport and using an irregular Bermuda passport.

Returning to court this morning, he was further charged with dishonestly obtaining a Bermuda passport between August 2, 2010, and June 14, 2013, and possessing $63,700, which represented at whole or in part the proceeds of illegal activity, on July 16 this year.

He has denied all of the charges.

During today’s hearing, prosecutors said he is believed to be a Ugandan national and may have used as many as 23 different aliases.

Despite a bail application by defence lawyer Marc Daniels, Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo remanded the defendant into custody.

The matter is set to return to court on August 12.