19 years for obtaining property by deception Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 March 2018 00:00

Mark Antonio Rosales, a 31-year-old Corozal resident, was found guilty of 19 out of 22 counts of obtaining property by deception and acquitted of the remaining three counts. The conviction occurred in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Ladonna John on Thursday, February 22, 2018 but sentencing was deferred for Monday, February 26, 2018.

At his sentencing, Rosales was fined a total of $46,000 to pay forthwith since he had not been showing up at court while out on bail.  In default of payment, he must serve a year on each count. Because Rosales was unable to pay his fine, he was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment effective Monday, February 26, 2018.

Alberto Lopez, a 45-year-old Salvadoran national, testified in the trial that when he met Rosales, he claimed to be the head of the Immigration Department and was willing to help him get legal status in Belize. He requested $700 from him to start the process. By September 29, 2015, he had paid more than $7,000 to Rosales in 22 installments and has since received nothing.