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Oct 19, 2012

Belizean Americans keep calling about Martinez land scam

Ethlyn Lindsey

After seeing Thursday night’s interview with Dorothy Fairweather, Ethlyn Lindsey contacted our newsroom today, alleging that she has also been conned by Martinez. Lindsey says she sent money to him for a parcel of land in Rhaburn Ridge, but never received the land title. She claims that Martinez took her to see the property and promised to build a plycem house on it, but gave her the runaround whenever she asked for her papers. He eventually avoided her completely and she says the last time she was able to contact him was in 2010. Lindsey told News Five today that she is onboard with the other Belizeans in L.A. who want to seek legal action against Martinez.


Via Phone: Ethlyn Lindsey, Belizean American

“I sent him over three thousand, five hundred dollars or more concerning a piece of property dah Rhaburn Ridge because I was introduced to Mr. Martinez by a guy named Henry. I talked to Mr. Martinez and ih tell mi dat ih could get me a piece of property dah Rhaburn Ridge and a house pan it and a fish pond afta di land survey. Ih seh ih di try help Belizean Americans weh deh abroad fi afta a while when dehn come home, dehn have something fi come home to. I don’t have to worry, ih seh because ih bredda Boots Martinez dah di minister and he had everything under control, he wah mek sure everything go right fi Belizean Americans weh go abroad so I noh have to scared ah nothing. So I sent him the money and afta that I travelled to Belize about six months afta and gone dah his office. Ih tell mi fi full out di paper work concerning the land and I did. I full out one fi me and mi husband and mi daughter so dah three ah we. 03:47:25 Ih tell me noh worry about nothing, I wah get di property afta all di paper finish dah Lands Department. I kept calling, ih give me wah numba and I keep di call ah give me di run around.  I gone back dah Belize again and when I gone back deh, I gone with one ha mi friend—I asked di guy fi go wid me concerning di land because he know about it; les go wid me go si Mr. Martinez because ih di push me round. We gone dah his office and ih seh yes, yoh noh have to worry, ih seh everything ok. Ih seh I noh get di papers back yet, ih she but soon as ih get back from Lands Department yoh wah get it. Before we lef, ih come down di step and ih seh you know yoh noh have to worry about nothing yoh know, ih seh because my bredda got my back. Ih seh I got all kinda strings eena den yah thing yoh know.”


We attempted to contact Martinez, but his phone kept going to voicemail.

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7 Responses for “Belizean Americans keep calling about Martinez land scam”

  1. Unstecle Benji says:

    Here goes my love/hate relationship with Cruffies that migrate to America. How stupid can you be?

    Before migrating to America these Cruffies were hard working Belizeans with dreams of migration.

    Now that they have achieved their migratory goals, they become stupid. Suddenly, anyone in Belize can rip them off. Why is that so?

    These Cruffies know how the Belizean system works, so why do they get conned? Greedy. Greed will kill a hog. Cruffies in America with a few dollars more, think that they can override the Belizean system, and greed keeps them stupid and blind.

    Show no pity for these fools. Kudos to the conman. The biggest crime here was stupidity.

  2. p3 says:

    lol…. that is all.

  3. Paul says:

    You get what you pay for just like we get who we vote for. I don’t feel sorry for none of them believing they can get a piece of the jewel for little or nothing. keep taking their money mr. martinez!

  4. Jeeboo says:

    Maybe this will wake up a few people in power. Feel sorry for those people but at least we have Belizeans getting screwed by these people too and not just foreigners. Go for it and this guy out….. along with Boots.

  5. mustard stand says:

    HE needs to be charged and thrown in Jail, What a scammer. what an jerk, what rip-off- throw him in JAIL>NOW

  6. Uncle Benji says:

    @Paul…………… well spoken. Congrats!

  7. Rebel says:

    You are soooo right Benji-those belizeans living in the US should have known better.
    will love to see your comments at on facebooK?

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