A Jamaican man who was among two men who entered into fraudulent marriages with the same woman in order to receive legal status in the Bahamas, has been ordered to be deported.
Oral Anthony Whyte pleaded guilty to the charge of entering into a fraudulent marriage with 41-year-old Nadacate Outten, a mother of eight children.
Haitian national, Moseles Monneus, pleaded guilty to the same charge when the trio appeared in a magistrate’s court in the Bahamas on Friday.
According to a report from the Bahamas Tribune newspaper, the island’s Department of Immigration stated that both men claimed they were unaware of Outten’s marriage to the other.
However, they both pleaded guilty to the charges as “the arrangement was made to ensure they received legal status to only live and work in The Bahamas,” the immigration department stated.
The presiding judge subsequently ordered both men to be deported to their respective countries.
Meanwhile, Outten was fined BSD$3,000 after she pleaded guilty to two counts of entering into a fraudulent marriage. She was given until June 1 to pay the fine.
Prior to her sentence, Outten had reportedly told the court that she was “down on her luck and needed the funds offered in exchange for both marriages”.
Against that background, as well as the fact that Outten was the primary caregiver for her children, the prosecution requested that there should be no custodial sentence for her.