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Jul 10, 2009

Fultec businessman charged with laundering over $6 million

Story PictureIt is one of the biggest cases of money laundering in Belize, a whopping six point five million dollars that apparently involves an intricate web of companies and identity theft involving the City Council’s data base. The man charged today with two counts of Money Laundering is the manager/owner of Omni Networks and Fultec Systems. The case goes back to last year when one of OMNI’s subagents, MoneyGram, was busted and one point five million dollars were found stuffed in suitcases at the home of its operators, the Coye family. And while that investigation seems to be placing the Fultec owner in the thick of things for a much larger amount, the treatment he is getting is coming under question. News Five Jose Sanchez was in court and has this report.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting
Well known Belize City businessman Dean Fuller is facing two separate charges of laundering over six point five million dollars. The normally talkative businessman did not have much to say today after paying his hundred thousand dollars bail.

Jose Sanchez
“Mr. Fuller you’re facing a six million dollars money laundering charge, what is your response or reaction to those charges?”

Dean Fuller, Charged with Money Laundering
“I have no comment. You can get the record from the court; the court record.”

The court records show that between October ninth, 2007 and January first, 2009 Fuller “engaged, directly or indirectly, in transactions involving property to Wit: $6,588,702.21 that is the proceeds of crime or knowing or having reasonable grounds to believe the same to be the proceeds of crime.”

Jose Sanchez
“How many charges does he have against him?”

Mike Peyrefitte, Attorney for Dean Fuller
“He has two charges against him, himself along with Omni Networks and himself along with Fultec Systems Limited.”

Jose Sanchez
“In regards to bail, does he have to turn in his passport?”

Mike Peyrefitte
“No.”

Raymond Parks, Amandala Press
“Mr. Peyrefitte, will the other directors of these two companies also be summoned to court to answer to these charges or just your client alone?”

Mike Peyrefitte
“I am the defense attorney, Rowland. I don’t know who the F.I.U. or the police plan to charge.”

Jose Sanchez
“Have they requested any documents from the Master Agent themselves?”

Mike Peyrefitte
“No, when you are charged, you have to provide documents. We are the defense, we don’t have to prove our innocence, they have to prove the guilt. So they have to provide documents. We don’t have to provide any documents.”

And that is a major difference with the Coye case. The F.I.U. has seized assets and evidence from the Coye’s business. James Gerou along with his common-law-wife, Melonie Coye, Coye’s parents; Michael and Marlene, and brother, Jude Coye, their friend Ernest Raymond and even the messenger Athlee Matute were all charged with Money Laundering. Some travel documents were surrendered to the court. None of the directors of OMNI Networks or Fultec were named in this case. These points have not escaped Arthur Saldivar, attorney for the Coye family.

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney for Coye Family
“This matter is to be tried in court and by virtue of that there is only so much I can say. Except to say that some of the major players are now coming out of the woodwork and finally I believe that the authorities are looking in the right direction. But they’re only looking cursorily, I don’t see the kind of zeal that they had in relation to going after my clients who are basically common folk. They are not going after these persons with the same zeal that they have going after common folk. It’s always the poor people that suffer, you know that Mr. Sanchez.”

But Michael Peyrefitte, Dean Fuller’s Attorney maintains that there are no connections between the two cases.

Mike Peyrefitte
“He pleaded not guilty.”

Jose Sanchez
“Is there any relation with this case and the other case regarding the Coyes? There has been some allegations that there might be.”

Mike Peyrefitte
“Well, on the charge sheet that was given to Mr. Fuller, I don’t see any relationship with his charge and the charge with the Coyes.”

Raymond Parks
“Mr. Peyrefitte, the matter was adjourned until the twenty-fourth of September, which is the same date that the Coyes are scheduled to appear in court for their preliminary inquiry.”

Mike Peyrefitte
“Well…”

Raymond Parks
“Is that coincidence?”

Mike Peyrefitte
“I don’t know. The date that we are to return—I am to return for Dean Fuller is September twenty-fourth 2009. I don’t know…”

And we will also return to court on September twenty-fourth for the two cases. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.


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