Belize Police Department Looking to Establish Fraud Unit Amid Rising White-Collar Crime

Belize Police Department Looking to Establish Fraud Unit Amid Rising White-Collar Crime

As the SCU monitors shelf prices and sugar supply, the Police is looking to pay special attention to fraudulent land offers and transactions.  The BPD is establishing a fraud unit amid an uptick in white-collar crime. In recent months, the police have recorded a rise in fraud cases, particularly shady and intricate land schemes that reportedly resulted in the death of two men. Last week, a Placencia realtor alleged that he discovered a former associate was involved in illegal deals that allegedly led to the murder of Ricardo Borja and Darren Taylor. He says that corrupt officials of the Supreme Court facilitated the transactions and believes that his life may be in danger. Today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams stated that he wasn’t aware of the allegations but acknowledged that land fraud has increased. He also denied that the police were not capable of investigating such crimes and spoke on measures being taken. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I wouldn’t say that, we do have the expertise and I can also say that we’re currently working on creating a fraud unit within the police department. We just want to be able to clarify certain things with FIU because we do not what that whatever we do is going to clash with what FIU is doing. They’re doing what they can. I wish that they can do more but I think they’re doing what they can and that’s the reason why we want to establish a fraud squad that will be able to look at the lower tier of frauds while FIU can look at the more higher tier as they would have the expertise. And if when we do establish our fraud squad they will be getting assistance from FIU. I’ve met with the director and she is fully on board to make sure that whatever assistance we may need she’ll be able to provide it for us. But once reports are made to us and we get cooperation from the different entities that are involved we do have the capabilities. Yes when it comes to the Anti Money Laundering and Terrorism Prevention Act it does not give the police the authority it gives the power to FIU and so we are asking to have that law amended so the the police can get some of the powers and we’ll be able to do what we can to assist FIU in going after these types of cases. So it’s something that we’re looking at and I am sure that pretty soon we’ll be on track in terms of making sure we have the system in place to be able to properly investigate these types of crimes.”

Our newsroom understands that the Placencia businessman claims to have substantial pieces of evidence that detail how the scam played out.

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