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Jul 15, 2009

…And over $100,000 missing from Border Mgmt Agency

Story PictureCases of missing monies are popping up everywhere as millions of dollars are unaccounted for in white collar crimes from the government coffers. We reported at the top of the newscast that hundreds of thousands are missing in pension funds. Marion Ali headed west today to find out more about a huge amount also missing from the Border Management Agency. At the center of this case, is one man who was named in another incident six years ago.

Marion Ali, Reporting
In 2003 Julio Santos made the news when he was charged with theft. Today, Santos is in the news again after at least thirty thousand dollars allegedly went missing from his last employ, the Border Management Agency, which is housed in this Western Border building in Benque Viejo del Carmen.

Information to News Five says that last week the General Manager of the Agency, Gonzalo Rosado, called in police to investigate when it was discovered that between thirty and forty-five thousand dollars, which were to be deposited in the Agency’s account was not. Rosado was conducting business at the Northern Border when we went to his office today.

Santos, who was the Agency’s supervisor, was also the only person who deposited funds for the agency. We went looking for him at his house in Benque Viejo and also tried to reach him by phone but he was not at home nor was he answering our calls.

Back in 2003 Santos, who was the then Assistant Manager of the Mount Carmel Credit Union, was arrested after over half a million dollars went missing from that institution two years earlier. Santos, who was the Assistant Manager of the Credit Union, was charged with ten counts of Theft but he was never convicted.

The investigating officer in the new case was also not in office at the Benque Viejo Police Station when we visited today. While the initial amount revealed was only in the five figure range, News Five has received information that it might be a much larger amount, over a hundred and sixty thousand dollars that is unaccounted for.

Reporting fro News Five, Marion Ali.

Santos is said to have the protection of one of the western Ministers who he allegedly helped to finance his campaign. His name is also being called in another scam, this one to do with visas to Chinese nationals.

And just in to our newsroom, sources close to News Five say that police have yet another case of missing monies on their hands. This time it is the Traffic Department where monies and ticket books have reportedly gone missing. News Five will have more on this new revelation in Thursday’s newscast. And in respect of the case of under-depositing at City Hall, sources say sources say police are close to making an arrest.

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1 Response for “…And over $100,000 missing from Border Mgmt Agency”

  1. benquelady says:

    That’s what happens when you keep on hiring the same criminals over and over!!! Being there plenty of young men and women with higher education and are working out on the streets or are unemployed…………….really do you have to be family of the government personnel to have a good job in Belize? well I guess you do and that is such a shame

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