Non-resident charged for violations of Immigration law
By: L.N. Reklai
(Koror, Palau) Office of the Special Prosecutor filed charges against Beth Adelbai a.k.a Lilibeth Ann Garcia Sision, a Philipino national and the Estate of Johanes Adelbai on January 30, 2017, for crimes of Obtaining a Government-issued Identification Document Under False Pretenses in the Second Degree and Criminal Violation of Immigration Law.[restrict]
In the charges, the Office of Special Prosecutor alleges that Beth Adelbai, a.k.a Lilibeth Ann Garcia Sision had fraudulently obtained an extension of work permit by making false statements on the required Police Clearance, stating that she had never participate in criminal activity in Palau.
Law prohibits any non-resident convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude from acquiring a work permit in Palau. According to the charges, Ms. Adelbai has obtained an extension of her working permit based on false statements.
In the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Detective Lieutenant Dolyn Tell of the Office of Special Prosecutor, the surviving wife of Johanes Adelbai, had a history of criminal offenses in Palau including a Criminal case 9-058 where Beth Adelbai aka Lilibeth Ann Garcia Sision pled guilty to one count of conversion of public funds and property and was ordered to pay $73,000 to ROP. Affidavit states that Beth Adelbai knew she had participated in criminal activity but signed the Police Clearance and the Application for Work permit giving misleading information that led government departments to issue her work permit.
The affidavit further states that Beth Adelbai a.k.a Lilibeth Ann Garcia Sision was convicted in 2009 for using the Estate of Johanes Adelbai dba Lucky Gem Construction to convert property belonging to SSA for her personal use. In 2013, she was charged with people trafficking, people smuggling and forgery also under the guise of Lucky Gem Construction and now she is charged with obtaining government permits under false pretenses using the same company.
Punishment for a crime of Obtaining Government-issued Identification Under False Pretenses in Second Degree carries a fine of up to $1,000 or up to a year imprisonment or both. Punishment for Criminal Violation of Immigration Law for a business is up to $2,000 fine, and/or probation of up to 6 months and/or dissolution of a business license. [/restrict]