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Jul 15, 2011

Angel Moreira JP; involved in fraud, but not a member of JP Association

Danny Madrid

During the past two weeks we’ve reported on several incidences in which landowners lost their properties to fraudsters who used forgery and a willing Justice of the Peace who signed and placed the JP seal on documents to sell off the properties. The name that kept popping up is Angel Moriera, the JP.  Moriera’s name came up in the sale of Bikini Island, a property owned by Israel Marin and Rosella Zabaneh. So the question raised by many, was what happened to the JP association? Is there corruption in their ranks and can the association punish dubious JP’s? News Five spoke to Danny Madrid, the president of the JP Association, who says that there are over three thousand JP’s and only six hundred of them are part of the association. Most, he says, were appointed by the current government without providing their information to the association.  We asked Madrid if the Association can remove or penalize Moriera. The answer is no. In fact Madrid was happy to open a can of worms on the state of affairs involving the appointment and functioning of JPs.

Danny Madrid, President, JP Association

“No, the association is not responsible for that because the person is not a member and the next thing that hampers us from doing anything is that the act is not being signed by the minister into law. If that act had been signed, we could have been dealing with Mr. Moriera. Because the act hasn’t been sign, only the minister can do something like that. 2005 the act was passed, but it wasn’t signed and I think it was overlooked by us because the system was working so well that we didn’t realize that the ministry, the attorney general, didn’t sign it in law. So when we started having problems with this administration, we checked and saw, but this thing wasn’t signed into law. So we said let’s go to the minister and ask him to sign this into law. That is why we visited him twice to ask him to please sign this into law. But we heard from other sources that it is cabinet’s decision not to do it because they are saying that this association is political and we, in the association, we never ever speak politics. The main problem we are having right now and that’s the reason why this man is signing papers and other JPs are signing illegal documents because there is no communication between the association and the ministry of the attorney general; there is no cooperation. We tried to get the minister to come to an AGM and he refuses. After I heard about it and I read about it in the newspapers, I started to do some investigations and we found out that this person is not a member of our association. So I called the Dangriga chapter, the president in Dangriga to investigate because the person is from Dangriga. They did their investigation and they said no, Mr. Madrid, this person not a member of that association either. But we found out that he is a businessman from Seine Bight. He was appointed in January of 2008, he was appointed as JP. He has never attended any training that we do and he has never attended any meeting at the chapter in Dangriga or here in Belize City. This is one of the reasons why we are saying it is important for the Attorney General ministry to work with JP Association because things like this will not happen once they are working and getting the proper training with the association.”

Jose Sanchez

“So you are saying that even though you are president of the association, you have nothing to do at this point about who is appointed or how they are appointed?”

Danny Madrid

“We are completely disrespected by the government. They appoint JPs left, right and center right now and they don’t inform us who is a new JP. The JPs one or two would come to us and say I just got appointed as a JP but I don’t have no training; I don’t know what to do. So I say, well you can join the association, you can apply so you can get training right now. We are preparing another training and I would like to take this opportunity to ask those newly appointed JPs to call us and get training. You are already a JP; we can’t change it, so come in and deal with the association and come and get the proper training. And that’s the problem we have.”

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5 Responses for “Angel Moreira JP; involved in fraud, but not a member of JP Association”

  1. Storm says:

    Criminal justices of the peace need to be locked away — and throw away the key! They aid and abet theft and destroy the financial security of entire families. They are as evil as any gangster.

  2. mustard says:

    another mess, what a way to run a country!!!! by the seat of yur pants. this is a joke, this is a laughable joke.

  3. CLEANHEART says:

    I WOULD REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHO MADE HIM JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, THIS GOVERNMENT OR THE PREVIOUS ONE????

    SOMETIMES THESE GOVERNMENT GIVE THE TITLE OF JP TO PEOPLE WITHOUT CHECKING THEIR BACKGROUND, AND I AM SURE IS NOT SUPPOSE TO BE LIKE THAT, SOME OF THESE PERSONS HAVE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND AND ALL THE TITLE DO IS GIVE THEM POWER TO DO WHAT IS WRONG AND ILLEGAL.

  4. Belizean says:

    hmm YEAH WHO GAVE THIS GUY THE JP POST? WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO DO TO BE ONE, CAUSE ACCORDINGLY A FEW APPROACH THE ASSOCIATION AND ASK FOR TRAINING. THAT SHOWS THEN THAT THERE ARE IS NOTHING IN PLACE TO STOP ANYONE FROM JOINING, OR BEING APPOINTED, TO PREVENT FRAUD…THEN YOU WONDER WHY GOB NO WANT SIGN AN ACT?? OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE…THIS IS A SCANDAL AT THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES, KEEP YOUR EYES ON THESE PEOPLE AND THE LANDS THAT YOU OWN…CRIMINALS NEVER SLEEP…AND THEY LIVE IN BIG HOUSES, AND HAVE SECURED THEIR CHILDRENS FUTURES….OPEN YOUR EYES AND SMELL THE COFFEE…!!!

  5. Leo says:

    This matter of land fraud is disgusting to say the least and, is direct reflection on the Belize justice system or lack there of. The Dandriga police like the others is riddle with corruption and, the reason these thieves are not locked up. I am sure that there some good officers but the majority are CROOKS.

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