An American, Carlton Sloan Bridges alias Brandon Lee Jones (47) appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Josephine Sande yesterday accused of allegedly forging identity documents and illegally staying in the country since 2009. He was remanded in custody to today when the court will consider his application for bail.
He is facing charges of contravening the National Registration Act, which prohibits forging identity documents. The court heard that Bridges came to Zimbabwe in 2009 after committing a series of offences in his country. On July 13, 2010 he allegedly fraudulently obtained a birth certificate entry number SBY 1040/ 71 using an American certificate of live birth (birth record) issued in the City of Georgia.
Bridges allegedly obtained another fraudulent ID number 13-023672 P00 using the name Carlton Sloan Bridges. The ID number belonged to Mtisi Lilli, a female born in Mashevedze village under Chief Mapungwana in Chipinge on October 10, 1953. On August 16, 2012 Bridges allegedly went to the Registrar-General’s Office in Bindura with the forged ID and birth certificate entry number SBY 1040/ 71 and applied for a passport. He was granted passport number CN945755 which he allegedly used to travel around the world.