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Montano-Machel-1Convicted soca star Machel Montano has lost his endorsement deal with Trinidad and Tobago’s cellular telephone brand bmobile. The Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited dropped Montano on a directive from its board of directors.

“TSTT wishes to advise at this time, that it is suspending all existing arrangements with Machel Montano and the company,” the company said in an e-mailed statement on Jan. 30. It also dropped Montano from the week-long “Soca in bSquare” concert line-up at Woodford Square here. Montano had been endorsing TSTT’s bmobile brand for close to eight years.

TAMPA, Florida – United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has reported that an illegal Jamaican immigrant has been jailed for identity theft.

Last month, ICE said Lynval Thompson was sentenced to two years in a U.S. federal prison and one year of supervised release for “aggravated identity theft.” He will be deported to Jamaica after he completes his prison sentence, officials said.

ICE said that after comparing arrest records and fingerprint samples, U.S. Homeland Security Investigation (HIS) special agents determined that the Thompson had impersonated another man, Cory Howard, who was living in North Carolina in 2011. According to ICE, while reviewing his credit report, Howard realized that an unknown person in the state of Florida had opened a Wells Fargo bank account using his personal information. After doing some investigating, Howard learned that the bank account was associated with a Tampa, Florida address. He contacted the Tampa Police Department for assistance.

MIAMI, Florida – A Bahamian national faces up to 10 years in prison after she pleaded guilty last month to smuggling undocumented migrants to the United States for private financial gain.

U.S. Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said 66-year-old Irene Mildred Janette Burrows, and 37 year-old Jessie Katherine Gonzales Urquizo of Peru pleaded guilty to the charge and will be sentenced next month.

Breuer said Urquizo pleaded guilty to three counts and Burrows pleaded guilty to two counts of bringing and attempting to bring aliens to the U.S. for commercial advantage and private financial gain before District Court Judge Kenneth A. Marra in the Southern District of Florida.

Queens, NY: On Tuesday, February 19, residents in the Queens 31st council district that includes the communities of Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale and the Rockaways will go to the polls in a special election to elect a new City Council candidate. Michael Duncan and eight other hopefuls have jumped into this race.

The election is attracting an unusual amount of community and media attention because one candidate, Jacques Leandre, has filed objections with the Board of Elections and lawsuits in the Supreme Court against nearly all the candidates in the race. As it happens, all six contenders that Haitian hopeful Jacques Leandre is seeking to remove from the ballot are Black - Caribbean Americans and African Americans. The sole Jewish candidate in the race has been spared Leandre’s wrath.