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Jun 2, 2017

The Full Extent of the David Nanes Affair

David Nanes

The confidential report of the Immigration Department and former acting Director Maria Marin on the David Nanes Schnitzer affair has been obtained by News Five.  At the end of this past January, the Mexican-American was captured and deported to Mexico to face fraud charges in the Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme.  Nanes had been living in Belize for some time with various false documents until he was caught in 2016; however, he jumped bail after a court appearance and left Belize with a huge black eye.  Now to the confidential memo; it found that Nanes completed his nationality application form as David Banes; however, his supporting documents were in the name of David Nanes and the form appeared to show a hand-written change to the surname. The application was accepted by then-Immigration Clerk Ady Pacheco, the only one she accepted between October of 2012 and March of 2013. This was considered unusual since the counter clerks who were normally in charge of that were present but not involved. No explanation was given for the name change from Nanes to Banes and both Officer in charge of Nationality, Gordon Wade, and then Director of Immigration, Ruth Meighan, did not intervene to ask about the name change. Further, on the same day that the application was accepted, an interview was conducted with Banes/Nanes, far faster than the standard one-to-two week period. Nanes got his nationality in a record nineteen days after first applying, faster than the six-to-eight week waiting period. Further discrepancies were found in Nanes’ U.S. passport, his permanent residency stamp and even his wedding date which was submitted as proof of his living in Belize for at least five years. Worse, his permanent residency file could not be found and the number assigned to him was also assigned to another man, one Warren Mudry. The new Belizean neither swore an oath nor attended a swearing in ceremony and quickly applied for a passport which was picked up by none other than Ady Pacheco. Pacheco’s name has also been brought up in relation to the Won Hong Kim affair and she has a standing invitation to appear before the Senate Special Select Committee; however she is on maternity leave at the moment. Marin recommended charges against Wade and Pacheco under the relevant regulations but referred the involvement of Gareth Murillo, Ruth Meighan and Edmond Castro to Ministry level. In February of this year, Minister Godwin Hulse sternly told reporters that the entire matter was evidence of a Department overloaded with work and populated with would-be hustlers.

 

Reporter
Who are the people held accountable in the Nanes Schnitzer case? That is not in the audit report, so I do not believe that would actually be followed up as part of the probe?”

 

Godwin Hulse

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration and Nationality [File: February 21st, 2017]
“Well, I don’t know, I haven’t seen; I haven’t read the full report but now that you raised it can be looked at. It can be looked up, yes, and see who are the people who brought it all the way up. I have no difficulty and I’ll say this a million times, I have no difficulty with any document I signed because, so help me, God, if I found out it was fraudulent I would be the first to revoke and put the people out. But what I’m saying as minister and sometimes I sat there until eight – nine in the night. I had to set in systems where I made sure the other people there were signing with me were sitting there, so I could say did you do this? Is this correct? Is this your signature? And then I signed. Remember after that it had three processes still to go through. I did the same thing in Natural Resources Ministry. People sat there with me and signed until late in the night. It is a stressful job for the minister to take that on especially when you think you have a team behind you that should the honorable and honest, but in fact they have a game and they are smiling at you and smiling in your face. I personally would really want to see them go to jail.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, would it be irregular for Miss Addy Pacheco to pick up that document? Because the document show that she actually picked up that document for Nanes Schnitzer. Would that be regular or irregular?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“Well, if she had permission to pick it up then; because the Department does have a requirement that you sign who picks up passport. And I don’t know why she would have been picking it up but, if she did and didn’t have the permission, then they should never have given it to her.”

 

Reporter

“The Justice of the Peace signed that he knew him; the brother of Minister Manuel Heredia; Justice of the Peace signed that he knew Nanes Schnitzer before 2012, so all of that is being fraudulently obtained; who is being held accountable for that?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“If the justice of the peace said that he knew him and that he was here that is your first thing; that is the man that is accountable for trying to say that he knows this man is here, which is the requirement, when he didn’t know the man was here; that is the first case.”

 

Reporter

“But you appear to be blocking the investigation, sir?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“Man, Mister Wade, block what investigation? Could we be serious? Why would I block it? Why would I be blocking it? I don’t give two points. I already cancelled his nationality and dash him out the country; that was my responsibility; that happened already.”

 

Reporter

“But you do agree that it requires a police investigation?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“Then let the police investigate. I have no problem with that. You are calling for one; let it happen.”

 

Reporter

“Would you direct your director to go ahead and report the matter to police?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“I have no problem. Yes. I would direct her now, yesterday, last week and anytime.”

 

Reporter

“Shouldn’t it have been done last month when the thing mattered?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“Listen to me, good. Listen to me good. If the media is suggesting that Godwin Hulse should run everything in the department, trust me, Godwin Hulse can. But the whole department goes home – you will get two passports a year, they will be genuine passports and you will get no damn visa. You will get three or four nationality but they will be very clean. I have to work with a team that is working.”

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3 Responses for “The Full Extent of the David Nanes Affair”

  1. carlos says:

    Just another one of the forty thieves. The problem is with those people in the immigration and nationality department that are corrupt. These are the people that should be brought to justice to answer all about the corruption. Send those people to answer all about the corruption in the department. Place new , honest people in the department to do the job.

  2. Mick says:

    I can’t wait to hear from Ady Pacheco! That will be interesting!

  3. warren mudry says:

    My Name and # from my Nationality File above was Used to Help Nanes Schnitzer get his Passport while Involving my name in the process .This has Killed my reputation and Confidence in Belize as a place to Invest for Canadians period.This is SHAMEFUL because not one person in GOB has ever talked to me or helped clear my name from this ,,mean while Investors confidence in a corrupt system is all time low and People like myself who Invested into Belize and Believing its a good place to Invest ,Have second thoughts and regrets about ever coming to Trust a Corrupt Government such as in Power today .Clean up your Act YOU ARE KILLING THIS COUNTRY WITH YOUR ACTS OF CORRUPTION ,,,STill waiting to hear HOW YOUR GOING TO CLEAR MY NAME FROM THIS HURTFUL USE OF MY BUSINESS NAME AND REPUTATION !!!!!!!

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