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Dec 4, 2015

New Allegations of Immigration Hustle in Bella Vista

Mike Espat

G.O.B. has come under intense scrutiny for the fact that when fugitive David Schnitzer Nanes was caught and released he had every form of Belizean I.D. it is possible to obtain – REAL ID but issued fraudulently and under a fake name. While the government deals with that issue, they also have to deal with another accusation which was brought up in the very public forum of the House of Representatives today. Documents in hand, member for Toledo East Mike Espat called names of those who he claims are involved in procuring nationality and residency for persons living in Bella Vista, for about a thousand dollars each. This all happened in the days before the November fourth elections.


Mike Espat, Member for Toledo East

“The names of the people that were called one Mr Max Rosales was the collector of these funds from the Cayo district. I don’t know who it is I am just reporting and Maria Marin was also director of some part of this report. They had a meeting in independence where they were told…this is after they gave them the hard copy of the nationality document. Eden Martinez, The chairman of Bella Vista Juan Martinez was there at that meeting and told them that we will now take the hard copy not knowing that one or two of them decided that they wanted to make a copy, they did not know they made photocopies of those nationality documents. And here is a copy right here that is one, and that’s a second one that they copied. So they were then to return to the immigration office, they already paid a thousand dollars for their nationality. They take it away tell you to go to the immigration office to Ana Alpuche and she will in return give you a residency card. Mr. Speaker I would like to know what is happening at the immigration department and I think our Belizean people need to know what is happening at the Immigration Department.”


Dean Barrow, Prime Minister

Dean Barrow

“I don’t know whether what the member is describing is the same incident in relation to which I had a week or two, a couple of weeks ago, had a report from the minister of immigration. There was a scam going on and it did involved duping villager from Bella Vista and Trio but what I was told was that the architect of the scam the chief sceemer who I believe was ultimately detained by the police officer after the immigration minister and some others had the cooperation of the villagers and laid a trap for him but the master mind I was told was a P.U.P. operative and a close associate for the member of Toledo East.”


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