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Jan 12, 2017

Scam artist charged; another victim comes forward

Jordon Murray

On Wednesday, twenty-two-year-old Jordon Murray was arraigned for another charge of obtaining property by deception; this time in relation to an allegation by Ashton Jones who says that in November of last year, he was conned by Murray who introduced himself to him as “Jay Jay” Saldivar. Jones claims that Murray swindled two thousand seven hundred dollars from him for a 2005 Ford Escape SUV, which he never received.  Murray was arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza where he pleaded not guilty to the charge and was given bail of two thousand dollars. But there are many other persons who suffered the same fate. As many as eight persons have posted on social media that they too were conned by Murray, who introduced himself using different names. One Ladyville resident, Sharmane Garcia says she had an encounter with a “Mike Lopez” back in June of 2015 when she was looking to purchase a vehicle through a Facebook page managed by the person, under the name Belizean Car Dealers. She paid up to six thousand dollars but never received the vehicle she thought she was purchasing.

 

Sharmane Garcia

Sharmane Garcia, Claims She Was Scammed of $6000

“When I started to speak to this person, he told me his name was Mike Lopez. While chatting with him, I went on Facebook, trying to find a Mike Lopez. I found some, but clearly it wasn’t that person because the link wasn’t there. I went against my better judgment and continued speaking to the guy. I said okay I want something weh strong like wah Toyota vehicle. He said small, big…I have something right now if you woulda be interested in that. I said no, I don’t want a car; I want something more like an SUV. So ih say okay, like wah Toyota Rav4. I said how much that run for? Ih said you could get it for six thousand landed. I said what? Six thousand…no man; you gotta be kidding. I said wah Rav4 and Toyota vehicle very expensive. He said no, the way how I do things, I work with the government, I work with traffic department dah Belmopan and because of that I get exempted sometimes with customs. I said okay, more than likely that could be the truth. We talk and talk and ih ina wah nice ride, no plates. So I say weh yo plates? Ih say, this di get sell right now; I di drop this fi somebody right now. Ih say yo see how this engine run…smooth.”

 

Duane Moody

“So he never came across as a con?”

 

Sharmane Garcia

“And I never had no kinda bad vibes or nothing about it. I mean this guy mi suave, cool…yeah. He stand up there, leaning on his vehicle and calm. I handed three thousand dollars to him. He already had my receipt with the letterhead—of course dah black and white—but ih had ih letterhead, had the receipt, with the name signed Mike Lopez. At that time, before I left home, I was like Iwill check his ID and whatnot. By the time I got out there, this guy so cool and suave, I didn’t even ask for ID, nothing.”


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2 Responses for “Scam artist charged; another victim comes forward”

  1. spike says:

    Maybe Mr. Murray could run the Dept. of Lands & Surveys. He certainly seems qualified.

  2. belize guy says:

    So mek ah get dis strait! Unu give somebady unu money or sen unu money wid hopes y wah deliver wah veekle? Really, wake up People, nuh fool! Geez.
    Yu goh weh di veekle deh, drive it, den if yu like it, yu buy it in person…
    Difficult ah know

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