Alleged Immigration Fraud Mastermind Released on Bail Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

The alleged mastermind of an immigration scheme, Marleny Elizabeth Castellanos, 45, and her common-law-husband, Alfredo Marcos, are out of jail after Justice Traodio Gonzalez granted them bail on Friday, June 20.

Castellanos is being accused of arranging false immigration documents for herself and numerous others and is facing as much as 40 different immigration charges. She was being held on remand due to the uncertainty of her immigration status and the potential that she is a flight risk. On Friday, June 6, her attorney, Kevin Arthurs, applied for bail at the Supreme Court on behalf of Castellanos and Marcos. Justice Gonzalez ruled on Friday, June 20, that the crown had not provided sufficient grounds to show that the two accused are not Belizeans and that they remain a flight risk. Despite a strong objection from the DPP’s Leeroy Banner, Justice Gonzalez granted Castellanos bail in the sum of $20,000 plus two sureties of $10,000 and Marcos was granted bail in the sum of $10,000 plus two sureties of $5,000.

Their bails were granted with conditions that they must both report to the Queen Street Police Station every Friday until the case is completed and their sureties must be Belizeans. Their next court date is set for July of this year.