Belize - Belize News - Channel5Belize.com - Great Belize Productions - Belize Breaking News
Home » Featured, Miscellaneous, People & Places, Trials » George Reynolds Says He Was Asked to “Fix” Chinese Passports With Missing Visa Foils
Feb 15, 2017

George Reynolds Says He Was Asked to “Fix” Chinese Passports With Missing Visa Foils

The second witness to appear at the Senate Special Select Committee this afternoon was George Reynolds. He is entering his twenty-seventh year with the Immigration Department and in 2013 was the Port Commander in charge of Immigration Services at the Department’s Belmopan headquarters, in charge of visas and other temporary permits such as for students and dependents. Today he appeared to answer several questions, including about his involvement with the eight missing visa foils from the Western Border that allegedly ended up in the hands of Eric Chang and Patrick Tillett, respectively the deputy Mayor and financial controller for the Belize City Council. It was Tillett, Reynolds says, who came to him asking to “fix” the situation, and that is when he saw that two of the foils were already in Chinese passports that Tillett brought with him – but that they were incomplete otherwise.

 

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“Vernon Leslie, the Auditor General says, relayed a version of events in which, according to him, Immigration Officer L. Wade removed eight visa foils from the officer M. Tench and gave it to one Mr. Middleton for sale. Mr. Middleton took the visas to Belize City, to deputy Mayor Eric Chang, and the Belize City Council controller Patrick Tillett, who purchased the visas; he says that both Mr. Chang and Mr. Tillett wrote statements confirming the transaction. Both men doubted the validity of the visas and so they brought them to you, and you confirmed that the visa foils were legitimate, but were illegally issued. Is this statement accurate, as far as it relates to your knowledge?”

 

George Reynolds

George Reynolds, Former Port Commander, Immigration Services Belmopan

“Not totally accurate.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“What is inaccurate about it?”

 

George Reynolds

“The part where I said that they were illegally issued; I did not use those words or I would have acted differently if I had used those words.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“Can you recall what words or what your view was?”

 

George Reynolds

“I recall that they were not issued completed, because they were missing something, so I did not say illegally; because they were missing, I think, the stamp, and that was something that happened often with the new use of visa foils because people come back even to Belmopan that the officer at the desk forgot to the actual stamp on the visa.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“But should you have visa foils…”

 

George Reynolds

“No, no, these were in passports already, because the visa comes in fours and two were in passports, they were already in passports.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator

“That’s what I wanted to ask you. Who came to you?”

 

George Reynolds

“Mr. Tillett, only.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Which Mr. Tillett?”

 

George Reynolds

“Patrick Tillett.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Patrick Tillett. Did you know him before that?”

 

George Reynolds

“I saw him around, yes.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“So he came to you, and what did he come to you for?”

 

George Reynolds

“He asked me if I could fix this for him, because he thought the officer did not do it properly, and he assumed that it was issued in my office; which in return I told him, yes, these were legitimate foils, because I saw the security features and thing on it, and I told him these were not issued here, so you need to take it back to the office where you got it issued. Being that I don’t expect that he was stealing anything; we did for more than one people came with different issues and we asked them to go back to the office where it was issued to get it completed. And that was it; it was just two minutes the most, because I was coming out of my office when he met me, and it was right in there I spoke to him briefly, and he left.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“This was in Belmopan?”

 

George Reynolds

“In Belmopan, yes.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“And you said the visas were in passports?”

 

George Reynolds

“Yes.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Did you take a note of the passports?”

 

George Reynolds

“No, I did not.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Right. And he left after that is what you are saying?”

 

George Reynolds

“Yes.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Did you know where he went?”

 

George Reynolds

“No, I did not.”

 

Reynolds noted that Tillett left after speaking to him on that day, and added that several key pieces of information were left out of Leslie’s report that may lead to some inaccuracy and confusion.

Be Sociable, Share!


Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

Advertise Here

1 Response for “George Reynolds Says He Was Asked to “Fix” Chinese Passports With Missing Visa Foils”

  1. Concern Norteño says:

    I believe this Mr. Middleton, who is a Senior Immigration Officer should be bring into the picture. He was in-charge of Orange Walk Immigration Office and many people reported that he was on a rampage hustle.

Leave a Reply

CAPTCHA Image
*