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Dec 7, 2016

Michael Modiri’s Caretaker Exposes Blackmail and False Evidence Plot

The bitter land dispute in Frank’s Eddy Village between businessmen Michael Modiri and Bradley Paumen, over access to Paumen’s Dark Night Tours, is unceasing.   Despite their names making headlines on numerous occasions, including a foiled plot to execute Modiri and several others, one individual has remained in the background.  Jerome Crawford blew the lid off the conspiracy earlier this year and since then has found himself as a target of the Belize Police Department.  Crawford alleges that there are several high ranking officers within law enforcement who are reportedly on Paumen’s payroll and ever since exposing details of the hit there has been an effort to blackmail him.  The latest attempt, according to the caretaker, came on Tuesday when Crawford discovered that there was a move afoot to plant evidence in order to frame him.  This, he says, after being arrested a month ago for allegedly creating a disturbance in the village.


Jerome Crawford

Jerome Crawford, Employee of Michael Modiri

“Several other irresponsible media houses have been reporting that I would go to the village and terrorize people with my gun and all of that type of stuff, and we are preventing people from work which is not the case.  The case with Mr. Brad Paumen and Michael Modiri, you know, is a very sticky one because I was one of the persons they had approached to get rid of, to kill Mr. Modiri.  Brad Paumen and his guys had approached me to kill Mr. Michael Modiri, Ms. Myles, the lawyer of Michael Modiri and Mr. Wade, a friend of Mr. Modiri, another guy Domingo Cal and at one time they had even mentioned Mr. Yhony Rosado.  So I am here to let the people know that his group, for one, is working every ship day.  They don’t access the property from Mr. Modiri’s property but they have worked every ship day and we have record and photos of buses upon buses coming in and going out to their place.  So they are working and we are not preventing anybody from working.  The second thing is, on the ninth of November I was arrested by the police.  They came in while I was hunting on Mr. Michael Modiri’s property, they came in and they said they came in because the villagers were complaining that I was shooting my gun and disturbing them and harassing them and threatening them.  If I would shoot my gun about four to six miles away from anybody they would never hear the sound of my gun, you know, because that’s where the closest person is to where I work and where I go to do my hunting.”

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