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National Security Minister; Belmopan Mayor photographed with accused international fraudsters

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2020. 9:01 am CST.

By BBN Staff: A picture surfaced today on social media showing Belize’s National Security Minister and Leader elect of the UDP, John Saldivar and Belmopan Mayor Khalid Belisle with accused international fraudsters Lev Dermen and Ramon DeSage.

Now, readers remember the name Lev Dermen because he is being tried in a Utah court and that case is on going.

The other man, Ramon DeSage, in 2018 pled guilty to a federal tax conspiracy in the United States of America.

Last week, another photo had surfaced showing Belmopan Mayor, Khalid Belisle with Dermen, Jacob Kingston and others.

At that time, Belisle issued a statement saying that the picture was taken in 2015.

“I…agreed to the meeting after their expression of interest in exploring investment opportunities in the City. Believing that the gentlemen were completely legitimate and above-board businessmen and after cursory checks revealed nothing to the contrary, I proceeded with meeting them,” Belisle said.

Belisle said it was the last time he met them, as neither he nor they followed through on the latter’s interest.

Minister Saldivar, meanwhile, maintains that he is not guilty of any wrongdoing.


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