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Jun 22, 2017

Immigration Officer Says She Was Directed to Take Applications by Boss

Ady Pacheco

According to Pacheco, it was not uncommon during her time in the visa section for her officer in charge there, George Reynolds, to receive applications for visas from ministers of government or their respective agents. She says it was, quote, normal practice, for these applications to be handed to her for processing, despite being junior to Reynolds. But she was unable to name names of the ministers involved.

 

Michel Chebat, P.U.P. Senator

“Was it normal for the officer in charge to be giving you visa applications to accept or to process? Was that normal?”

 

Ady Pacheco, Immigration Officer 1

“Yes.”

 

Michel Chebat

“That was normal?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Normal practice.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And that was acceptable behavior?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“That was what I met when I went to work at that section.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Was that acceptable behavior; was that in accordance with the established procedure?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I am not sure if that was in accordance with the established procedure but that was the practice I met.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And apart from the OIC, did you receive applications from anyone else?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Beside the sponsor and the applicants, no.”

 

Michel Chebat

“You never received any applications from any ministers?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Directly from ministers, no.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Or their secretaries?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Unless we were instructed by the officer in charge to accept, but the officer in charge had to know.”

 

Michel Chebat

“The officer in charge had to know that you were being given an application for a visa by a minister?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Yes.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And did you ever encounter any of those? Did any minister give you an application?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Not that I can recall.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Not that you can recall. And what about drivers, ministers’ drivers; did you receive any applications from any of them?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I would see them around at the department but they did not directly approach me.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Who did they approach?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“If they were bringing visa applications I would assume it would be my officer in charge.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Who was?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Mr. Reynolds.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Mr. Reynolds; so he would be the person receiving visa applications from ministers and their drivers?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I can’t say if he was receiving but if they were bringing in, yes.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And so you did not come across any application that Mr. Reynolds gave you that came from a minister?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I can’t recall, I would have to go through them; usually if any minister was in any way supporting it there would be something in writing, most of the time; like a letter.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Saying what?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“A letter of recommendation, basically.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Recommending the applicant for visa?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Yes.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And did you see that frequently – were there frequent letters of recommendation for ministers?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I can’t say frequently, but yes, we came across.”

 

Michel Chebat

“You came across. Are you able to say which ministers were recommending visas, the ones that you can recall?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I can’t remember exactly who.”

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2 Responses for “Immigration Officer Says She Was Directed to Take Applications by Boss”

  1. carlos says:

    These are the persons responsible for the corruption, well apart from the ministers involved. Mr Reynolds and Mr. Gordon the directors of the departments of visa, nationality, and passports. They should be fired and brought to justice, not only that, but spend a few years in jail. They want to blame the junior officers for their corruption. Shame on them.

  2. Belizean pride says:

    KIND OF BELIEVE HER SAYING BOSS PRESSURE FOR SUCH VISAS AND NATIONALITIES BUT THE SMALL FISH ALWAYS GET THE STING WHY?

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