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GapiSeveral weeks ago some of the most appalling land scandals that we’ve encountered were exposed when documents leaked to the media showed the politically-connected hustling big-time from public lands. Those documents showed that Andre Vega, the son of former Cabinet Minister Gaspar Vega, had bought a parcel of land for $15,000. But the land was privately owned and had been sold wrongly, so the Ministry of Lands with Gaspar Vega at the helm had to buy it back from Andre Vega, but at the princely sum of $400,000. The same took place with land purchased by Sharon Pitts, but she paid $2,500 for hers. There was also the land sold to a company, Ron J. Limited, for $6,540 but which the Government re-purchased for a cool million dollars.

Tonight, there are more leaked documents alluding to gross enrichment by those with political connections with public lands.

Dean Williams, well known supporter of the UDP, had lease papers for 2.820 acres of property on Spider Caye situated 19 Miles East of Placencia Village in the Stann Creek District. On August 6th, 2012 he obtained ownership through a Minister’s Fiat signed by Gaspar Vega, for the sum of $10,998.

But four days prior to getting his title, Williams had already cooked up a scheme in which he planned to sell the land for U.S. $200,000. Williams even had a buyer and a well-crafted payment plan. But here’s the kicker. According to the land sale agreement drafted by Williams’ attorneys, the first payment of U.S. $72,000 would be divided in 8 payments of U.S. $9,000 and paid to Eduardo Vega, who is the brother of former Minister Gaspar Vega. From all indications, Eduardo Vega was not a party to the original lease or land title, so that he collected $144,000 Belize dollars from this deal is just downright fishy.

As to the remaining payment balance of U.S. $120,000, Williams was paid in 12 monthly instalments of U.S. $10,000.

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