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Jun 22, 2017

Did Ady Pacheco Facilitate Visas?

Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco spent most of Wednesday’s appearance at the Senate Special Select Committee pointing the finger at her bosses in the Immigration Department, as it relates to the various scandals that were investigated by the Audit Department. Pacheco was careful to admit to very little that could land her in further hot water, and her main defense seems to be that she was just following orders. If so, under whose orders was she still accepting visa applications in February of 2012, while working in the Nationality and Services division? Under close questioning from substitute Michel Chebat, Pacheco insisted she was doing her job – not secretly facilitating the Ministers she previously claimed to be so frightened of.

 

Michel Chebat, P.U.P. Senator

“When did you leave the Services Section?”

 

Ady Pacheco

Ady Pacheco, Immigration Officer I

“It was after the 2012 general elections, I am not sure about the date; it would have been somewhere around May or June.”

 

Michel Chebat

“So during that 2012 period of elections you were still in the Services Section, and in that section you were still accepting visa applications?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Yes, sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“So when the Auditor General notes that on the twenty-seventh of February, 2012, you were accepting visas when you were in fact assigned to the Nationality Section, she is incorrect?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“That is incorrect.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Why were all the visa applications going to you Ms. Pacheco?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“They were not all going to me, if you check the ledgers; I was not the only accepting officer.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Were you the main accepting officer?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I wouldn’t say that, no.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Were you the officer who the OIC would go to process the applications?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“No, it would be whosoever was working.”

 

Michel Chebat

“That wasn’t you?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I was working, accepting.”

 

Michel Chebat

“You know, Ms. Pacheco, I find it curious that your name is called more than anybody else in these reports. Were you the ultimate facilitator at the immigration department Ms. Pacheco?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“No.”

 

Michel Chebat

“No, you’re not?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“No.”

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2 Responses for “Did Ady Pacheco Facilitate Visas?”

  1. Mike G says:

    That’s how you do it . . put the blame on the lowest rung of the ladder. Penner, Castro and the rest of those crooks will walk and Ady or another chump will take the fall. Disgusting!

  2. Garry says:

    The big thugs will walk clean while they put all the blame on the smaller crew. All ministers should be held responsible they were elected to run a ministry to avoid these things to happen. we all know like how Ady said all public officers got to do what the big thugs say or they find somehow to dismiss you or pressure you to resign. We all know we don’t have ministers we have dictators here in Belize.

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