Ministerial Influence at Immigration Reported
Yesterday former Finance Officer at the Immigration Department, Teresita Castellanos made a number of alarming disclosures as the Senate Select hearings continued. Appearing after Castellanos was Belmopan’s former Port Commander, George Reynolds. Reynolds name shows up in the auditor general’s reports as the man who was asked to ‘fix” two of the eight missing visa foils. He denied parts of the statements made by Leslie Vernon and disagreed with Castellanos about the corrupt culture at the department. However, as someone who approves visa, Reynolds did accept that a minister’s recommendation influenced his decision.