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May 19, 2011

Cops and the law; one in counterfeit trouble and the other vindicated

Carlos Mencias

On this side of the border, a cop is also in trouble with the law. The police sergeant was detained on Wednesday for counterfeit US currency and after questioning, he was allowed back to his desk. According to his attorney, Simeon Sampson, the accused officer called him this afternoon saying, that the Police Department has indicated that charges will be levied against him. The bust occurred when the sergeant attempted to deposit one thousand, six hundred US dollars at the Belize Bank branch on Coney Drive. But the teller detected that the US hundred dollar bills were fake and police quickly moved in to detain the high ranking officer.

And while charges are expected in that counterfeit case, today an ex-cop thirty-eight year old Carlos Mencias, formerly the head of the Scenes of Crime Unit, was freed of five counts of Obtaining Property by Deception. Mencias’ case has been before the courts since November 2007, when he accused of embezzling over five thousand dollars in government funds. It was alleged that Mencias filled out requisitions forms for vehicle parts that were to be provided by mechanic, Burrell Pugh, who would later receive a cheque from the department. Pugh would then cash the cheque and return the money to Mencias. But the ex-cop’s attorney, Simeon Sampson, made a no case submission on the grounds that there was no evidence that Mencias actually received the money from Pugh. Pugh originally gave a statement against Mencias and was granted immunity in exchange for his testimony as the crown’s witness. But today he took the stand and claimed that he did not remember any of the transactions. Pugh also told Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer that he was forced to give the statement back in 2007. With that, Magistrate Frazer dismissed the charges. Mencias was terminated following allegations in late 2007 and now says he plans to sue the department.

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7 Responses for “Cops and the law; one in counterfeit trouble and the other vindicated”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Four years back pay, he gets his job back, Sampson sends the taxpayers the bill & instead of having checks & balances, simply give this Prince the check book & ask him to leave us some skin.

  2. junkman says:

    man commit crime while working on the side of the law it seems some officers only join the force to commit crime and enrich themselfs now look deposit counterfiet dollars he sould be on indictment and charge instantly could the money be proceed of a bribe or drug payoff or better still money taken from the impound at the station for evidence in a case lets get some serious investegation going mr. internal investigators or are you guys a part of the crimal gang too i am asking a serious question here i need answers not excuses stop bsing me and others in our country

  3. junkman says:

    pugh and mencias should be re arrested and charge jointly for stealing goverment property namely money the peoples money our money my money your money or better yet lets charge the lawyer for obstruction of justice lock him up and deplete his back acc. so he will feel how it feels to be depribe of your money we want ouir money back or charge the police department of grossely mismanageing our tax dallars mr. commishsioner what are you gonna do about this loss of department funds please tell me please or use my suggestions i posted i would be happy

  4. Belize@heart says:

    My question is – Why is it that the counterfeit senior officer’s name is being witheld?

  5. Elgin Martinez says:

    I believe Pugh should be charged for perjury.

  6. Robert2 says:

    BDF Soldier, you are everything that you say you hate, judge, jury and prosecutor. If you really are a BDF soldier, I hope that your superiors are keeping an eye on you.

  7. hmm says:

    was wondering where rod was. keep the good fight alive…. (ominous voice) its barrow sfault

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