Wednesday, November 25th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: The hunt appears to be on for David Miguel Nanes Schnitzer, the Mexican-American who also previously held Belizean nationality, which has since been revoked.
Since being granted bail last week Friday by Supreme Court Justice Denis Hanomansingh, Schnitzer, who lived on Ambergris Caye, has not been seen and reportedly failed to appear for his first check-in with authorities there on order of the court, as part of the conditions for his bail.
Schnitzer is accused of two separate counts of possession and uttering of a false document, separate drivers’ licenses in the names of David Nanes and David Banes.
It is further alleged that he was also in possession of an array of forged documents under the assumed name David Banes including a Belize passport illegally obtained in 2012.
Using the Banes alias, he was also able to obtain a Social Security card, a Belize Bank debit card, and boat master’s license, as well as the aforementioned driver’s licenses. The documents were granted using false information given by Nanes and are all expected to be revoked.
While it is suspected that Nanes may have absconded, it is also believed that his assets in Belize are filed under his wife’s name. Those properties, spread across the country, are said to amount to an estimated 10 million dollars.
Schnitzer’s Belizean passport was revoked on Wednesday, November 18th when it was Gazetted that, “David M Banes, known as David Miguel Nanes Schnitzer…who was registered as a citizen of Belize as evidenced by certificate of registration dated 17th November, 2012, was so registered by means of fraud, false representation and the concealment of material circumstance and by mistake.”
But it was not available in court and the prosecutor representing the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was not able to get the court to grant an adjournment to gather further evidence against Schnitzer, ensuring that he would be granted bail.
Mexican authorities allege that Nanes Schnitzer headed the Mexican arm of Stanford’s Ponzi scheme which allegedly defrauded investors in that country of 42 million dollars. Mexico has a 2011 arrest warrant for him for unauthorized securities transactions. But no one can say for sure where he is.
The Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) has issued a press release demanding answers on the justice system and the ruling that was made favoring Banes while two ladies with minimal offenses where denied bail.
In an interview with the media, Geovannie Brackett, President for COLA stated that on a larger scale the misjudgment in granting bail to an international fugitive will leave Belize’s justice system with a black eye internationally.
“I think that this could leave a very bad mark on our credibility – on our justice system internationally. I don’t want to imagine the US really wanting to capture somebody or have somebody that they captured, put in the government authorities hands and then you can’t find them after that. I don’t think that sits well in Washington,” Brackett said.
Belize Media Group was made to understand that both the Mexican and US embassy are reviewing this case very closely since the US participated in the arrest of Banes while socializing at a bar in the island.
An arrest warrant was issued for Banes arrest since 2011 in Mexico when accused of defrauding Mexicans over 40 million dollars.
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