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Mar 24, 2009

Suspect charged for scamming fruit vendor

And in other crime news, in an update to a story aired on March thirteenth, in which a fruit and vegetable vendor was scammed out of some money, police have arrested and charged Emmanuel Lopez for the crime of Obtaining Property by Deception. Sixty-four year old Teodoro Blanco of Charros Fruit and Vegetable at the Farmer’s Market was approached by Lopez, who bore a City Council identification card and said that he was collecting business taxes on February nineteenth. Lopez returned on February twenty-first and claimed that the business had been assessed for four hundred dollars. Blanco then handed over a cheque made out to the Belize City Council to cover the amount. But when the cheque came back from the bank, it was signed on the back which meant that it had been cashed instead of deposited.


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