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Feb 13, 2018

Corozal Couple Accuses Housing Employee of Running Scam

Floyd Martinez

A couple from Corozal is claiming that they were victims of a housing scam, but this incident is revealing a bigger issue of alleged corruption at the Housing Department. News Five has been told that between 2016 and 2017 at least six wooden houses were issued to persons who provided two thousand five hundred dollars to an employee at the Housing Department on North Front Street in Belize City. When the money was paid, the persons would receive an official letter confirming that they have successfully completed the application and would be granted a new house. This, we are told, was masked by the NEMO programme that provided housing relief for persons affected by disasters, just that some of the persons did not necessarily qualify. Floyd Martinez and his common-law-wife Maria Gloricela Chan claim that a woman to whom they were introduced back in February of 2016 obtained over three thousand dollars from them. They further charge that as much as thirty-seven thousand dollars was handed over on behalf of their friends and relatives for several houses which they never got. The Martinez’s came armed with copies of agreements and receipts. We have reached out to the person who received the money and she admitted to the hanky panky at the department. She claims, however, that there is more than meets the eye.

 

Floyd Martinez, Claims to Have Been Scammed of $3,000

“A friend of ours introduced us to this lady. We actually met her down here in Belama and on that day she collected three thousand dollars from us. And she continued to collect money from us concerning a house that she was supposed to build.  She told us that it was a government project and I guess we weren’t being that careful and we released the money to her.”

 

Duane Moody

“Give me the details. You handed over three thousand dollars for what?”

 

Floyd Martinez

“For a house…we handed over three thousand dollars for a house. But after that, she continued to collect money from us. In total, between like four families, it’s like thirty-seven thousand dollars.”

 

Duane Moody

“Just for housing?”

 

Floyd Martinez

“Just for housing, yeah.”

 

We have reached out to the woman at whom fingers are being pointed. She says she has an explanation for everything and admitted that the stench led to the firing of an employee at the department. We’ll have her side on Wednesday.

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