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Jul 12, 2011

Former Village Chairman acquitted of obtaining property by deception

Walter Gillett

Former village council chairman Walter Gillett, who was accused of embezzling money from Gracie Rock Village Council’s Atlantic Bank account, was today acquitted of four counts of obtaining property by deception.  The forty-one year old appeared before Magistrate Dorothy Flowers to answer charges that he withdrew a total of nine thousand, eight hundred dollars from the account between April and May 2009.  The case fell apart when the court prosecutor failed to produce sufficient evidence proving that Gillett had indeed withdrawn the money.  In court today the main witness, Jacqueline Franklin, testified that she was responsible for all village council accounts within the Belize District.  She further stated that on July nineteenth, 2009 she was asked to conduct an audit of the expenses that were undertaken by the chairman on behalf of the village council.  That was when it was discovered that a significant sum of money had been withdrawn during the two-month period.  Senior Counsel Dickie Bradley, who represented Gillett, argued that since the village council received no subvention from the government and had to organize a series of fundraising events to raise the money which in turn it ended up using to take care of the council’s financial affairs.

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3 Responses for “Former Village Chairman acquitted of obtaining property by deception”

  1. John Eskisofrenico says:

    Same thing happened to me. Paid for the land and in the end it had two owners. In Valley of Peace this is the first thing that is done when a new Chairman/ lady is elected. Now, all of Ramon Witz’s friends have land.

  2. Mr,Minister says:

    the ministers and area rep are riping the country only fu dem and d lickers family and kiss a—–s
    we need need to get up and fight fu our right and do it now these people believed they own every thing and reality not so wake up Belizeans we are the owners we just gave them the chance to manage things fu us but they have failed we want them out

  3. Jeebo says:

    Mr. Minister – you have to be ignorant to think that changing government will solve problems. It’s only 4 years since you know what …. damm you got a small brain. One party is a crocodile and the other a jaguar. Something is bound to go wrong when you sleep with either.

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