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Mar 8, 2017

Patrick Tillett Dealt with Visa Apps for 6 Grand a Pop!

Patrick Tillett

Another witness who had to be summoned to appear before the Senate Special Select Committee was accountant Patrick Tillett, who readily provided details of his involvement in applying for visas – which are not routinely sold. Tillett, who at the time was also a financial controller with the Belize City Council, testified that facilitating visas is not his regular business, but in this case he was approached and paid out fairly handsomely to his chosen agent, the shadowy “Mr. Middleton.” On the six visa applications he was approached to assist on, he was paid one thousand dollars for each. The Immigration Department on behalf of the Government collected two thousand for each visa, while agent Middleton allegedly made out like a bandit – collecting three thousand dollars for each case of facilitation. So while government made twelve thousand dollars on the visas, Tillett and the facilitator collected six thousand and eighteen thousand dollars, respectively, which is twice what government collected.

 

Patrick Tillett, Financial Controller, Belize City Council

“I gave Mr. Middleton six visa applications for him to handle the filing and the processing at the Department of Immigration; as far as I know, Immigration does not sell visas – you don’t walk in with two thousand dollars and say I want a visa. As far as I know, you make an application, your application is analyzed and determined, and when you have said yes to that application, you pay your two thousand dollars and get a visa application. That was what I paid for on behalf of my clients.”

 

Dr. Carla Barnett, U.D.P. Senator

“You’ve kind of gone ahead of me, Mr. Tillett; I want to know who Mr. Middleton is.”

 

Patrick Tillett

“That’s all I can say; he was introduced to me.”

 

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“Who introduced him to you?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Mr. William Stuart.”

 

Dr. Carla Barnett

“Mr. Middleton has an office?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“He was introduced to me; I didn’t meet him at his office.”

 

Dr. Carla Barnett

“Okay, I just kind of find it difficult that you would hand over people’s passports and applications to somebody who you didn’t know his first name?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“I knew his first name at the time because he was introduced to me; but now I said, I don’t remember his first name. I knew his first name at the time.”

 

Dr. Carla Barnett

“Do you know where his office is? Does he have an office or does he work out of the back of his car?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Freelance people may work from home.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“So you don’t know if he has an office?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“I don’t know. I don’t know.”

 

Dr. Carla Barnett

“So you don’t know, you don’t have his name, you have a telephone number for him?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Four years later? No, I don’t have a phone number; I’ve changed ten phones between now and then.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“How much did you charge for the service?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Six thousand.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“Six thousand – so that’s a thousand each?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Six thousand per visa application.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“You charged six thousand dollars per visa application?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“That’s inclusive of the Government fee of two thousand dollars, so really my fee is only four thousand.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“So you charged four thousand to make sure that the visa application was filled out properly?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“No; I actually paid the agent three thousand.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“And what was he supposed to do, the agent?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“He was supposed to file the applications with the Immigration Department and follow it through to completion.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“These six clients in particular, where were they from?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“China; they were Chinese applications.”

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Business Community

“You paid Mr. Middleton three thousand?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“Yes.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“That includes the two thousand?”

 

Patrick Tillett

“I paid him five, which would include the two thousand for the Immigration Department.”

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3 Responses for “Patrick Tillett Dealt with Visa Apps for 6 Grand a Pop!”

  1. Meandi says:

    can we see his tax submission for those years. I trust he paid the respective income taxes. sheeesh!

  2. DaveyT says:

    I think the GST and Income Tax people should be paying him, and Chan a little visit, don’t you? In fact, most of the corrupt polittickians and cronies. That would raise a decent amount in revenues for the Belizean people!!!

  3. mr.sampler says:

    Mein this people are real hustlers while we Belizeans have hard time to get a passport, while these people make money in thousands lol really how far the hustling has gone and corruption within.

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