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Dec 1, 2015

Contrabista Asks OW Court for Leniency

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Sergio Chi

n July of this year, the Customs Department caught an Orange Walk businessman with an assortment of uncustomed vegetables and flour. Sergio Chi pleaded guilty and was fined three times the value which means he was to pay more than thirteen thousand dollars. Chi agreed to settle out of court but did not and last week, the Custom Department caught up with him again and took him to court today. He appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers and pleaded guilty and was fined thirteen thousand two hundred dollars; Magistrate Rogers ordered him to pay the fine by December 2016 or in default, six months imprisonment.    In mitigation, Chi asked the court for leniency since he is working for only about a week and has a child to maintain. Chi’s vehicle in which he was transporting the goods was also seized. He was found with twenty-one sacks of onion, ten cases of tomatoes, two sacks of sweet pepper, ten cases of corn flour and four sacks of cabbage.

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2 Responses for “Contrabista Asks OW Court for Leniency”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    These stupid antiquated laws!!!!!! These laws will make criminals out of law abiding citizens. Belizeans just don’t know how to govern themselves. Just look at the tens of millions ( at Mr. Chi tax paying account ) given to BSI/ASR , a monopoly and look at the $13,000 taxed to Mr. Chi. The Belizean laws are absurd, the politicians are absurd, and the entire system is a cruel, expensive joke paid for by the weak, the poor, the homeless, the sick and ignorant Belizeans. What a shame, what a disgrace. !!!!!

  2. Belizean Pride says:

    Give this poor man a break man, the customs thief more than him bring more contraband for their families in these time of the yr and what does the gov do, nothing! let the man go at least charge him by taking away his vehicle and goodies. Instead of charging him such a big fee, see the guy that is a wanted internationally was given only $10k fine and bailed, what a joke and morons are the ones that make the law authorities. They should have lock down the fugitive and let this one go.
    As always the poor gets the biggest hit than the rich.

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