Con man continues his misdeeds Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 July 2011 00:00

William Dwayne Lyndon Lopez.In May of this year, a middle aged man was going around swindling money from several persons claiming he worked with Minister, Anthony “Boots” Martinez. Two months later the man has struck again.

On Tuesday July 12th, 44-year-old William Dwayne Lyndon Lopez was arraigned in Belize City Magistrate’s Court where he was charged with two counts of obtaining property by deception. He is being accused of swindling  $550.00 from Soraida Areli, a businesswoman of Belama Phase 2 on February 3rd. He is also accused of swindling $1,280 from an Accountant of Belama, 46-year-old Javier Navarro sometime between January 23rd and March 9th of this year. Both victims claim that Lopez told them he was employed with Minister Boots and that he could assist them with lands they were having problems with.

According to Areli, at about 1:00 p.m., on February 3rd, she met Lopez when they discussed about a piece of land that was taken from her. He told her that he could look into it for her since he was working with Minister Boots and he promised to get back to her.  Before leaving, Lopez told her that the job will cost her $550 and so she paid him in advance. She later found out that Lopez did not work with the Minster of Works and that no process was in action for her to reclaim the land.

For his part Navarro, said that he was introduced to Lopez by a man he knew and that Lopez also told him that he was working with the Minister of works. He promised that he can get him two pieces of land in the Belama Phase 4 area and that it would cost him $1,280.00 to do so.  According to Navarro, he paid him in full and about two weeks after that, he went to make checks at the Lands Department and found out that no application was made for the land.

When Lopez appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, no plea was taken from him as it is not certain how the police intents to deal with the matter against him.

The prosecutor also objected to bail because Lopez had recently been before the court on charges of deception in which he pleaded guilty and has not made any payments on the fines imposed on him.

On Friday, May 27th, Lopez appeared before Magistrate Roberto Ordonez on three counts of obtaining property by deception in which he pleaded guilty to and was fined $3,000, plus $5.00 cost of court. He was to have paid that amount by June 26th of this year in default 3 years imprisonment. He has not yet made that payment. He was also ordered to pay the victims compensation in the sum of $700 and $500. In default of payment which had to be made by June 30th,the court would order a distress warrant.