Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017. 3:15 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Senate Special Select Committee finally has a name for the infamous “Mr. Middleton” whom several witnesses have said is an integral part of the visa fraud, currently under investigation.
During the testimony of Immigration Officer Inez casanova, she positively identified “Mr. Middleton” as one Barton Lee Middleton of Orange Walk.
The Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department, identified Middleton as Casanova’s common-law husband; however, Casanova said that the characterization was false.
“No person by the name of Mr. Middleton was ever my common law husband. This false information has caused a great hurt and embarrassment to myself and my family and I wish to request that the record reflect how totally untrue that information is.” Casanova said.
She went on to say that she knew Barton Middleton through his brother Eugene Middleton, an immigration officer stationed in Orange Walk. She maintained that she never had any personal relationship or connection to Middleton.
However, Casanova said that when the auditor General’s audit team approached her about the visa investigation, she called Middleton on his cellphone, and he came to meet them.
Immigration Officer Mark Tench, testified that “Mr. Middleton” was in possession of six of the eight visa foils which were reported stolen from the Immigration Department’s Western Border office in 2012. Patrick Tillett also testified to the committee that Middleton was paid a handsome $3,000 a piece to take visa applications to Belmopan on behalf of six Chinese nationals. Neither Tench nor Tillett could remember Middleton’s first name during their testimony.
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