Police are investigating the theft of a Bermuda Passport allegedly used by a young woman to skip the island on a commercial airline flight bound for New York.
The 25-year-old single mother of two allegedly left Bermuda using her cousin’s passport she presented to US Immigration officials at LF Wade International Airport on December 29th.
A former teller at HSBC Church Street Branch, the Pembroke woman was reportedly the subject of an internal investigation by the bank on suspicion of theft, involving a substantial undisclosed amount of cash.
It is also known that she left the bank’s employ on her own accord and subsequently left the island.
When contacted by Bermuda Real a spokesperson for HSBC said: “HSBC has no comment to make regarding this query.”
A police spokesman said: “The BPS has received a report of theft of a passport and is actively investigating the matter. As such it is inappropriate to discuss the matter in detail.”
Although the stolen passport has been cancelled, and a new one issued, the complainant has been advised to keep a copy of her police report on the theft with her “in case she has problems
when travelling to the US”.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, her mother told Bermuda Real that woman was also allegedly caught shoplifting at a New York clothing store at the end of January 2016.
“She used my daughter’s passport for ID in a H&M clothing store, and got off with a warning as police were not called.
“Had US Immigration Officials run my daughter’s passport, her cousin would have been caught and apprehended at the airport,” she added.
The woman is also alleged to have several outstanding warrants for her arrest for unpaid debts, and has failed to appear on court dates already set. And she has already been deported to Bermuda from the US.
Efforts to reach US Immigration officials regarding this case were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, the complainant’s mother is questioning how someone could clear US Immigration checks at the airport using someone else’s passport that was stolen.
By Ceola Wilson