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Mar 1, 2017

Officer Mark Tench Says Investigation into Missing Visa Foils was Extensive

Immigration Officer of eighteen years’ experience, Mark Tench, appeared before the Senate Special Select Committee this morning as one of two witnesses in the inquiry on the Immigration Department.  His name appears as one of the investigators into the eight missing visa foils from the Western Border office that disappeared sometime between Christmas and Boxing Days of 2012. He also made the discovery personally.  As noted in his statement to the Public Service Commission, of which News Five has received a copy, “[The] investigation indicated that the folios were sold by an Immigration officer living in Los Lagos to Eric Chang and Patrick Tillett around the [second] of December, 2012. What it did not yield was when exactly the folios were removed from the office and exactly who removed it. No report was taken from any of these persons.” He has noted as we will reveal later on that Immigration officers looked to take the blame for something none of them really understood or were a part of.  Tench expanded on that statement in his testimony, identifying several of the persons involved and the price that he says Chang claimed to have paid for the visa foils, and why he and Tillett needed them.


Mark Tench

Mark Tench, Former Supervisor of Immigration, Western Border

“Mister Chang informed us that he was the one who was getting the visas for some people, and they had bought it through a person, and then they had realized that the visas were not good, not valid, and that is why they had taken it to Belmopan office to get…”


Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“Did they identify who they bought it from?”


Mark Tench

“They couldn’t tell us the person that they bought it from; they only had a nickname for the person.”


Eric Chang

Aldo Salazar

“What was the nickname?”


Mark Tench

“I can’t remember, but what they did know was that he was with, one of the times they had tried to get back …they wanted us to help them get back their money; that was why they chose to meet with us – they wanted to see if we could help them get back their money that they had lost through that deal they had made.”


Aldo Salazar

“Do you know the amount of money?”


Mark Tench

“According to them it was five thousand dollars per visa.”


Aldo Salazar

“So you met with Eric Chang and Patrick Tillett at Calypso (Restaurant) and they told you they bought the visas from somebody with a nickname, but you can’t recall at this time?”


Patrick Tillett

Mark Tench

“Yes, but I can’t remember the nickname; but he also told us that the person – one of the time they had met the person, he was with an Immigration officer; a female Immigration officer. This was Mister Tillett; Mister Tillett doesn’t know the officer by name – all he knew was that this officer had a sister who worked at B.T.L., but when he said that, we knew which officer he was talking about.  The officer was Miss Casanova.”


Aldo Salazar

“That was going to be my next question, because the Auditor General in her report says that they were given the visa foils by Mister Middleton, who is the common-law husband of officer Inez Casanova, of Orange Walk office.”


Mark Tench

“Yes, sir. That’s what I told you, that when they gave us the clues and we could have put a face to who they were talking about. So we knew who the person was also, who sold them the visa at that time, but prior to that, we didn’t know.  Mister Tillett didn’t buy it the same day; I think he bought it like three or four days after. And his reasoning was that they had already gotten some visas legitimately, but they wanted more and the Minister said no. so they found an agent; that was his explanation.”

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1 Response for “Officer Mark Tench Says Investigation into Missing Visa Foils was Extensive”

  1. anderson says:

    This guy Tench was the same scammer at the Benque Border, that was shaking down Canadian Investors for bribe money. They should lock him up. Funny how the Minister said this guy was fired after the last scandel and corruption, and yet here he is again. NO CONFIDENCE IN THIS GOVERNMENT WITH THEIR LIES. JUST GOOGLE THIS GUY..

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