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Aug 7, 2014

Arthur Saldivar Versus Eamon Courtenay: Case of the Missing Coye Money

It is one of the most sensational cases in recent times. It involves attorney Arthur Saldivar and a very large sum of money. Saldivar has been the attorney of record for the Coye family, accused of laundering millions. He got them acquitted, and got government to give them back all the money that had been frozen for years. But now Melonie Coye is alleging Saldivar kept a large portion of that money from her, and in quite brazen fashion. She says that on June twelfth, she and Saldivar went to pick up one point six million dollars in unfrozen funds from the Central Bank. Coye claims they counted the money and then left. And that’s where it gets positively bizarre. Coye states that Saldivar was holding a briefcase with over nine hundred thousand dollars in it, and left the scene without giving it to her. She further states that she has made repeated attempts to get it back, but with no success. Coye has gone so far as to retain the services of attorney Eamon Courtenay in an attempt to get back their money. Today News Five spoke to both attorneys via phone.


Via Phone: Arthur Saldivar, Accused of Withholding Client’s Money

Arthur Saldivar

“There is no factual basis in that allegation. It’s a baseless thing. Why would I want to take anything of that nature? And I didn’t take anything. As you know, the funds for the Coye family was returned. It was a process to get it from the Central Bank. I went there with Melonie Coye, she signed after the monies were counted, we left together; I assisted in carrying out some of the containers that the monies were in before I left Belize City…she had everything. I didn’t have anything.”


Via Phone: Eamon Courtenay, Attorney for Melonie Coye

“I can only speak from the instructions I have from my client. My client instructed me that she was with Mister Saldivar when monies were returned to her at the Central Bank. It was counted and thereafter, Mister Saldivar fled with a portion of the money which turned out to be nine hundred and four thousand dollars.”


Eamon Courtenay

Via Phone: Arthur Saldivar

“I thought I knew human beings and human nature. I am making a reassessment of what I thought, but you live to learn. I am just hoping that this madness—whatever may have befallen or overcome my client—that the issues are worked out. This is something that she has to work out for herself.”


Via Phone: Eamon Courtenay

“Miss Coye is going to give her version to the court and Mister Saldivar is going to give his version to the court. All I will say is that I have been provided with evidence coming from Mister Saldivar which puts him at a beyond doubt. That is going to be a matter that is going to be determined in court.”


Saldivar has stated that Melonie Coye owes him one point six million dollars, which is his agreed upon fee of twenty-five percent of the total monies seized. He states that he will be handing her an invoice in that amount, and is also considering bringing charges against her over the allegations that he stole her money.

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8 Responses for “Arthur Saldivar Versus Eamon Courtenay: Case of the Missing Coye Money”

  1. Simon says:

    How ironic-2 PUP attorneys fighting over stolen money-and for this vulgar ambulance chaser to allege that eamon should give back 3.34-eamon is nothing like this vagabond. Why dont the bar remove this guy? this is like the 5 time (we know about) that he stole clients money. And for Arthur to say he treats his clients like family on the other newscast? how funny-he steals from his family melonie? good for her too-God laugh. And this guy wanted to be leader of the PUP? what have yo got to say Francis? he is your standard bearer. All peas in a pod in the same party.

  2. Ali BaBarrow & 40 learn to scuba dive says:

    ah, attorneys in luv!

  3. H@tari says:

    Now the rats are fighting over the cheese. Will someone please explain to me how all that cash money ended up in the Coye house? Come on folks, you are not all that stupid. It is dirty monty, we all know it, but the police and FIU just don’t have the expertise to prove it in court. So we give it back to them and now they squabble over the rotten cheese like the criminals they are.

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  5. You won't get to spend that pension says:

    What a sordid affair with a whole cast of shady characters ! If Belize wasn’t so small, bodies would start turning up everywhere. Arthur, try that in Russia…. or right next door in Mexico. They would torture you first for being so haughty and insolent.

  6. daniel says:

    what was the legal fee contract? some contingent attorney contracts is 25% up to 75%,of collections
    these questions need to be answered?

  7. bzerebel says:

    this is all because of Judas Barrow and the UDP!!! time to take back this country!! Arthur Saldivar is a great man and deserve that plus more! no give up arthur!!! PUP!!!

  8. rudy says:

    THIEF THE THIEF FAH THIEF that’s the funniest shit, i can’t stop laughing……………………………long pause…… i still the laugh.

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