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American citizen alleges land fraud against former UDP Minister Gaspar Vega and associate

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Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2020. 1:30 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: An American citizen, Robert James Condreay, 72, has alleged blatant land fraud against former UDP Minister of Natural Resources, Gaspar Vega, and one of his in-laws, Raul Rosado. The case involves a 1-acre beachfront property in Sarteneja, Corozal, which Condreay has owned since 1998.

Condreay’s attorney Marcel Cardona, in a press conference, explained his client’s predicament and frustration after having learned his property had been re-sold to Rosado in 2014 with then-Minister Vega’s approval. The case is reminiscent of the land fraud scandal which caused first Vega’s unceremonious removal from the Natural Resources portfolio. In that instance, privately owned property was sold to Vega’s son Andre, who was then compensated $400,000 from government coffers for the land which he never legitimately owned.

In June of this year, Rosado sold the beachfront property to an American couple from Michigan in the US, who are now embroiled in a land dispute with Condreay, the rightful owner of the property in question. The couple has since started construction on the property, however, a caretaker employed by Condreay reported the construction on the land to the owner who then reached out to his attorney for action in rectifying the issue.

Cardona said his client is the victim of “gross fraud” and described the incident as typical “UDP style”. Rosado bought the land for a mere $3,500 and re-sold it to the American couple for $200,000.

UDP Party Leader Patrick Faber said the party has moved on from Vega considering his recent retirement from politics. The new allegations come at a critical time, just over a week away from general elections. It is yet to be seen if the constant waves of controversy and scandals will affect the incumbent UDP at the polls and if it will be enough for the PUP to finally win an election for the first time since 2005 amid similar waves of controversy and scandal.

 

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