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Jun 1, 2017

How Alvarene Burges Was Introduced to Rochelle Chan

Alvarene Burgess

Wednesday’s public hearings of the Senate Special Select Committee were dominated by a woman whose name never appeared in the Auditor General’s Special Report on Immigration 2011-2013. But Alvarene Burgess was a fountain of information as to her personal dealings with Ministers of Government on visa recommendations. She started her testimony with a bombshell – now Assistant Superintendent of Police, previously Inspector and Sergeant, Rochelle Chan, was apparently the mastermind, using Burgess’ knowledge of Cabinet officials to make big bucks. They met when she was helping a neighbor in Mango Creek get her Belizean nationality. He recruited her into the business and he allegedly collected the money and handled the documents for the Asian “clients”. He would then allegedly prepare envelopes with the application file for each Asian applicant, and the envelope which contained two thousand dollars for each applicant who needed a recommendation. She was supposed to drop this off for Castro, and then pay the Immigration Department.


Alvarene Burgess, Whistleblower

“We were in Mr. Chan’s vehicle and he mentioned to me if I know anybody in immigration department because he heard when I mentioned to my cousin what I came here to do, and I asked him what he meant, and he said, “I heard you mentioning to your cousin that you were helping your neighbour get her nationality,” and I told him I do not know anybody in the Immigration Department. Mr. Chan mentioned to me that even if I know people up higher or something like that, I told him yes. I know Minister Castro, I know Minister John Saldivar because we went to high school together and I know Minister Contreras because my husband used to play football with him. He said, well, you want to make some money, and I asked him what you mean.   So when I was formally introduced to Mr. Chan, Rochelle Chan, he asked me if I wanted to make some money, because if I know people with visas, but I would need to get some help from the people that I know in the higher up, because he, Rochelle Chan, used to do the visa thing for his brother in law Mr. Elvin Penner but Mr. Penner got greedy on him so he backed out.”


Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“Mr. Chan told you this?”


Alvarene Burgess

“He did tell me that, that is how we came to the Minister Castro afterwards.”


News Five has been unable to reach ASP Chan, however he has denied the allegations elsewhere. 

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