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Sep 5, 2017

Attorney General Says He Needs Statement to Build Case

Amy Forte

Opposition Leader John Briceño has taken a firm position in the latest round of the Vega scandal, condemning unreservedly the land grab and compensation scheme involving relatives and friends of the beleaguered politician.  Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, on the other hand, is tasked with investigating the participation of Darlene Padron in the endorsement of what is claimed to be a fraudulent deed of conveyance.  From the AG’s point of view, the probe into Padron’s involvement as the Justice of the Peace who signed and stamped the so-called false document, is the result of Amy Forte coming forward with an allegation that her signature was forged on a title that was subsequently certified by the public officer.

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“If Ms. Forte had said nothing then there would be no question as to the integrity of Ms. Padron as a Justice of the Peace.  So what we are trying to get Ms. Forte to do is to say, listen, and I’m sure she will know now what Ms. Padron saying.  I don’t know if that will prompt her to say anything beyond what she has already said, but as of half an hour or an hour ago her position is [that] she’s not saying any more than she has said already.  Without that we don’t know if it’s a dubious transaction.  We don’t know if there was any conflict of any sort, but on the face of it, if a person is a JP and happens to work at a government office and people come to them for JP services, the job, the sole job is to make sure that if Isani Cayetano comes to me as a JP and that’s your name on that paper and you are willing signing that paper, the only thing I have to ensure is that you are present in front of me signing that document as is required.  So if that happened, there is no conflict there.”

 

Darlene Padron

Isani Cayetano

“The question here, being however, that upon reading the letter submitted by the attorney on behalf of Ms. Padron, he uses the word ‘likeness’ which is kind of ambiguous in a sense, because that doesn’t speak specifically to the fact that Ms. Amy Forte, in person, was in front of Ms. Padron at the time of the signing of this document.  Likeness could simply mean someone who appears to look like Ms. Forte.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“That is a standard description.  When you go and renew your passport now, you put to the back of it; I certify that this is a true likeness of Isani Cayetano.  It just means then that, okay, for example, I would say yes, the person came in front of me, looks like Isani Cayetano, from how I know he looks, and based on how he looked and based on how the ID looked, you signed.  And your signature on the document looked similar to the signature to the document on the ID that was presented.  So that to me is good enough, is more than good enough to say, “Look, the person had the true image and likeness of Isani Cayetano.”  I thought it was him and I had all the information in front of me to prove that it was him, so I believed it was him.  But like I said, that’s what Ms. Padron is saying.  We have not heard anything from Ms. Forte and she doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere beyond where she has already gone.”

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