When the news first broke of Admiral Bailey’s demise and the passport intrigue, many assumptions that were bordered on stupidity were swimming around. It appears trying to look at the surface without attachment simply because you love someone’s music is out of the equation for many.
I was always of the belief that with the story that was given by himself and his goodly lawyer, it made not one drop of sense. If that was what was going to be held on to as the ‘truth’ I was not buying it. One could have had a passport for 50 years which carries a shelf life of 10 years. If the name on the passport is not the name on your birth certificate and you have not gone through a deed of poll, then whatever documents you furnished must have been fraudulent. Are you going to complicate that simple procedure? The length of time you held that passport travelling back and forth has no basis in the ‘truth’. One could argue that ‘somebody’ was being thorough 3o year later, and prior to those years, you slipped through the processes as often happens. There is a saying ‘one day, one day, it ago ketch up wid u’.
So Admiral you pled guilty, pay your fine and put this unfortunate embarrassing issue behind you; life ole chap it is called life. Do what you do best; make ‘hard’ dancehall tunes. Oh how can I forget ‘Big Belly Man’, big tune back in the day, I loved it so.
Admiral Bailey pleads guilty to fraud, fined $160,000 or six months in prison
(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015
Entertainer Admiral Bailey was today fined $160,000 he pleaded in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on fraud charges.
The entertainer and former coach, whose real name is Glendon Orville Bailey was charged with uttering forged document, obtaining a passport by false means, attempting to obtain a passport by false means, possession of forged documents and conspiracy to defraud.
In February, Bailey went to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency where he attempted to renew a passport in the name Michael George Sullivan.
During the renewal process, his true identity was revealed and he was subsequently arrested and charged.
His attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, told Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey that his client had been using the passport for approximately 30 years.
Bailey was ordered to pay $160,000 or serve six months in prison.
After the fine was imposed, Bailey apologised to the court and Jamaica for his actions.