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Mar 19, 2015

Land Fraud Unearthed at Ministry of Natural Resources

In October 2013, the Prime Minister told the Belizean Diaspora in Los Angeles in U.S.A. that the Ministry of Natural Resources was a hotbed of corruption because of the countless instances where fraudulent transactions had been discovered. Today, the Ministry confirmed that it is investigating fraudulent land transactions involving land titles. A preliminary investigation, says the Ministry, suggests that there is a systematic effort being orchestrated by Belizeans, as well as persons with foreign nationalities. The scheme involves “fraudulent international passports and other forms of identification to usurp the identity of real land owners to obtain property and subsequently proceed to illegally transfer land titles to prospective buyers by forging signatures of Ministry officials to make the documents appear as though they were issued from the Lands and Surveys Department.” Perpetrators of the scam are reportedly targeting properties owned by absentee landowners who reside abroad. The Ministry further says the scheme was detected through the new land management system which has uncovered several documents that show competing interest for the same parcel of land and in some instances, the documents refer to land that does not exist.  The Ministry is urging the public to ensure the legitimacy of land transactions or land by validating its authenticity via the Lands Department. Also persons are urged to purchase a certified copy of a register to confirm ownership of parcel and third to request an abstract of land title from seller and cross reference it at the Ministry. The Ministry is also working with the Police Department to conduct a thorough investigation to find and prosecute the perpetrators of these fraudulent land transactions. And lastly the lands and service department is warning the public to be aware of internet websites that purport to sell land in Belize.

 

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5 Responses for “Land Fraud Unearthed at Ministry of Natural Resources”

  1. Spike says:

    Well, if the Police want to begin an investigation, they could start with Bradley Rinehart and Ysenia Valdez.

  2. Timber says:

    Include in that the Commissioner of Lands who has had closed door meetings when certain people go there and also out of office. He and Vega both. They both get prime land and put them in other people’s names and then pay them a pittance and then the land will eventually get transferred.

  3. Ysenia Valdez says:

    Spike this is Ysenia who you are accusing of Land Fraud. I assure you and whole of Belize that our services are very legitimate. You on the other hand refuse to even let us know your real identity. That is just plain being a coward. Get your stats correctly before accusing someone of a crime. One day someone will do it to you or your children and it not might turn out good for you. Its like people like you that we have injustice in Belize accusing innocent people.

  4. Andi says:

    Can anyone tell me about Bradley Rinehart from The Property Shop???

  5. spike says:

    Sure Andi. Bradley Rinehart surveyed part of my property and then sold it – without my knowledge or consent. Ysenia Valdez witnessed his signature. Her signature is on the transfer papers as well as Bradley’s. This transaction took place because the Lands Dept., within the Government of Belize, does not safeguard people’s land titles. Land titles are not secure in Belize. If you are thinking about spending a lot of money for real estate in Belize, you might want to reconsider, unless of course you don’t mind spending time and money in court. To my knowledge Property Shop was not part of this transaction.

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