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Jun 14, 2017

ASP Rochelle Chan Formally Denies Working with Alvarine Burgess

Rochelle Chan

There was another round of senate hearings today. There was testimony from two persons, including Assistant Superintendent of Police Rochelle Chan. Two weeks ago, Chan gave a limited statement in response to the bombshell allegations made against him before the Senate Special Select Committee by Alvarine Burgess. The whistleblower exposed a ring of Ministers of Government and others benefiting financially from recommendations for Belizean visas for Asian nationals, especially Chinese.  She specifically named the veteran officer as the man she was working with. Burgess said he approached and later paid her to seek out the recommendations from some of her friends in high places, including Minister Edmond Castro, who later unsuccessfully sued her and this station for defamation of character in court.  Burgess said that Chan gave her money to shepherd the applications, most of which were successful, through the Immigration Department.  Castro and fellow Ministers Erwin Contreras and Anthony “Boots” Martinez have denied the allegations in the media, and today in Belmopan, so did Chan. He said the only amount of money he gave her is far less than what she claims.

 

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“When I asked her who she got the two thousand dollars from, who she got the money from, she said that she got it from Rochelle Chan, who is a policeman and I believe she was referring to you.”

 

Alvarine Burgess

Rochelle Chan, Assistant Superintendent of Police

“That is a blatant lie; it’s not so.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“So that is not true?”

 

Rochelle Chan

“It’s not true.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“She also said that she would get the money from you, as well as the documents which she would then take to Minister Castro.”

 

Rochelle Chan

“The only money she got from me was twenty dollars that I gave her for alms.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“This was twenty dollars when…?”

 

Rochelle Chan

“When I met her the first time.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“In the circumstances which you described?”

 

Rochelle Chan

“That’s right.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“Let me go on with what she said; she also said that when she would retrieve the final product of what she was paying to get, to get the visas approved, and when she would retrieve the visas in the passports, that she would then deliver them to you.”

 

Rochelle Chan

“That is a lie also.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“So am I to understand that you are saying that that entire process which she described – you were delivering money to her; she was retrieving passports and delivering it back to you is not true?”

 

Rochelle Chan

“It’s not true.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“She also said that you approached her, initially, when you met; she indicated that you were introduced by her cousin, Manuel Hill, who was a policeman at the time, I don’t know if he still is…”

 

Rochelle Chan

“That’s not true. I can’t say that I wasn’t with Manuel Hill at the time when we met; but in regards to having an introduction, that’s not true.”

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2 Responses for “ASP Rochelle Chan Formally Denies Working with Alvarine Burgess”

  1. Mike G says:

    This entire circus is becoming a disgrace to the nation. Give the whole bunch polygraph tests. Why isn’t the FIU tracking their money? No wonder Belize is in the sad state it is in.

  2. Marie says:

    Finally passports has come to light and the people involved are acting like they never knew about it. Hopefully fingerprints can be taken and see how many hands it went through for $2000. People you need to get rid of the entire corrupted party.

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