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Oct 5, 2012

Belizean American says Martinez swindled her in land deal

Sylvia Baptist

It doesn’t take the skills of an auditor to solve the next case, just an outraged woman who feels someone pulled a fast one on her. A Belizean living in Los Angeles is piping mad because she claims she has been scammed out of over twenty thousand dollars. Sylvia Baptist alleges that she paid the money to Edward Martinez in 2009 to purchase six parcels of land in Belize City, Rhaburn Ridge and on Young Gal Road. She was purchasing the lands as investment properties that she would eventually sell to support her retirement. But according to Baptist, all she has gotten for her money is three land titles that turned out to be fake and now she wants her money back. Moreover, she claims that the man who scammed her used his brother’s name, a minister of government, as part of the rouse.


Sylvia Baptist, Alleged Victim of Land Fraud

“2009 They introduced me to Mr. Edward Martinez. Mr. Martinez told me that his brother is a minister and he can get any amount of land and land anywhere. So I decided to buy some land from him. And then he took a long time to bring the papers for the land and he was supposed to give me six land certificate but all that he brought was three and from 2009 until today, saying today, tomorrow, today, tomorrow. And up to this moment, nothing happened. About two weeks ago, he told me to meet him at land at eleven-thirty; I was there until three thirty in the evening. He didn’t show up. He said that he was dealing with some Mr. Bautista that works with lands. We had a meeting with the land committee in Belmopan and they told me that they couldn’t do nothing because I didn’t have no dealings with Mr. Bautista, I had dealings only with Mr. Edward so if I wanted to do anything I had to take the papers to police and have them arrest Mr. Edward. Yesterday, Mr. Edward called and said that he have seventeen thousand, three hundred dollars. I told I would take the seventeen thousand, three hundred dollars, but he have to give me a promissory note for the rest and he said no problem. We had a two o’clock and I was there until three-thirty and he didn’t show up. What happened with the paper them, I live in LA and I went to one Mr. Myvette and took the papers because something was telling me that the papers weren’t good. I took the papers to Mr. Myvette and he said Miss Baptist, take those papers to my son in Belize. I came back to Belize and I took the papers them to Mr. Myvette at Lands. He asked where did you get those papers from, I said I’d rather not talk about it. He said well these papers are no good. I want my money back or if I can’t get my money back, I just want him to spend some time in jail because I’m not the only person he did it to. He did it to my son, he did it to my daughter in law two sisters, he do it to my nephew; he did it to a lot of people I know.”

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5 Responses for “Belizean American says Martinez swindled her in land deal”

  1. I Belize it says:

    This hard working corruption officer needs a job with the govt.
    His brother can be his reference to join a vast criminal enterprise including lucrative passports franchises.

    She could have lost more: got all parcels and two years later govt seize land to build catholic school.
    But when people forget, land traded and no school built. Cayo corruption officers are very good, much better than this imposter. He must improve before govt job.

  2. Rod says:

    This country is really in disarray everyone in this gov. The thief damm.

  3. Storm says:

    Jail sounds right for Martinez.

    I believe theft sentences should be one year for every one thousand dollars stolen. Make that 20 years in this case.

  4. Uncle Benji says:

    Sorry, but I feel no pity. I have a love/hate relationship with so called Belizean Americans. Some of us go to America and uplift ourselves and become stories of success. Others go to America, and we become garbage. In the process of becoming garbage, we belittle Belize in more ways than one.

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. The brother, son, daughter and Gawd knows who else got conned……….. and you still do business with the con artist. Someone was getting greedy. Someone felt that a few dollars would put them over the top. Someone tried to circumvent the Belizean system.

    I feel no pity.

  5. bvellos says:

    Mr. Eddy Martinez is a know thief who really need to but in jail , he took money from me and my sister in law and i can prove it . We need to get together and send it straight to jail.

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