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Jan 5, 2021

Another Victim of Land Hustle Comes Forward

Another woman, a relative of Chavarria-Requeña, who lives in Santa Elena also, shared a recent experience with News Five involving a similar land transaction whereby a proxy who reportedly works on behalf of the lands department accepted money for a title.  According to Carolyn Westby, she too got swindled out of a property that had for many years been leased by her late father.

 

Carolyn Westby, Santa Elena Resident

“I mih apply fi my pa land.  It was a lease for like many years.  Growing up, my dad had that land but he never had it in property.  So, well we live here, this year will be like four years but we neva really know this lady, she deal with land.  That was just last year we found out that she helped people with land and we thought she was real, right.  She did a good job and thing.  Well it turned out that that wasn’t so.  So we got her to do a, she said she could help with the lease paper.  She said all I need fi tek da my pa certificate and then some, and then when she took that, she brought in some other papers for me to sign.  So I just signed those papers took it in and afterwards she bring back the, maybe two or three weeks time she bring di instrument paper but I neva know that needed a signature or a stamp and that neva was on it.  She seh that neva needed, da instrument paper was legit, that it was the real thing.  So we believed her.”

 

Carolyn Westby

Duane Moody

“In that process, you’ve been paying monies and you still have not gotten that title.”

 

Carolyn Westby

“No title.  I had just gotten a paper written that said I should have gone in. A request to go in the land office for a little meeting right, but somehow, something came up and he wouldn’t be in the office that day, the lady told me, so they rescheduled it.  So that was it.  I never did went in to see him.”

 

Duane Moody

“But by then you had already paid all your money.”

 

Carolyn Westby

“I had already paid him some money, yes.”

 

Duane Moody

“What’s the process now?  You are finding out that the document that you have is not legit.  You’ve already paid your monies and that meeting did not happen.  What happened to yoh pa land?  What happened to the money that you’ve invested?”

 

Carolyn Westby

“I don’t know what to say, I just know I wahn back my money.  If that paper isn’t real, I need back my money.”


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