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Mar 8, 2017

Did Accountant Get What He Paid For?

Unbelievable as it may sound, Tillett says there are people willing to pay thousands of dollars to have someone like him work through immigration agents to get their documents facilitated, assuming that is that the process was above-board. In this case, however, he found that there was something wrong with the visas. Tillett takes the Report’s word at face value that someone filched the visas, and because of that he said that he let the agent know that he would only deal with properly issued visas.

 

Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator

“Do you find it believable that clients are going to pay three thousand dollars to take properly filled out applications to Belmopan and leave it there?”

 

Patrick Tillett

Patrick Tillett, Financial Controller, Belize City Council

“Yes.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“I want to suggest to you, Mr. Tillett – you are under oath – that that is unbelievable. Do you agree with me or disagree with me?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“I don’t know what is unbelievable.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Okay. Now in this particular case, what did the agent do with those six visa applications?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“I wouldn’t know what he did with the applications, because in hindsight it appears that he stole the visas.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“He did what?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Stole the visa foils. The Auditor [General’s] Report says he actually stole the visa foils.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Step by step; the agent stole them?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Let me not say he stole them; somebody stole them and gave them to the agent, apparently.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Your testimony is that someone apparently stole them and gave them to the agent?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Yes.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“How do you know that?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“It said that L. Wade removed the eight visa foils from the office and gave it to Middleton for sale.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Alright, so you are taking it from the report?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Yeah.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“And the agent brought the six visas to you?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“The agent didn’t bring me the six visas; he brought back the passport with the visas in them, as though they were genuine and authentic.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“How long did that take?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Let’s say two weeks.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Two weeks; and what happened when you got them?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“I gave them to the people concerned; and one of them came back and said that the visa wasn’t properly filled out; and I returned the visas to Belmopan, showed them to Mr. Reynolds; Mr. Reynolds said these visas are genuine visas, they are authentic; they only need to…the persons seemed to have missed off the stamp and the signature and I returned it to the agent to take it back to be properly issued, because what I wanted was properly issued visas from the Department of Immigration.”

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