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Transport officer charged with extortion demanded $500 to make insurance charge go away

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2023. 2:50 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Every so often there are reports of officers in authority accepting or extorting bribes in exchange for their services, or lack thereof.

But it is a crime – extortion – and police last week managed to catch a Transport Department officer in the act.

According to police, the wife of a police officer stationed in Independence, Stann Creek, was driving her Chevrolet Equinox on the Southern Highway when she came across an official checkpoint. The officers found that the vehicle was not insured and as a result, she would face charges.

At this point, police said, one of the officers offered to make the charge go away for $500 and arrangements to this end were made, including a part of the payment.

But unbeknownst to the officers, the victim complained to Police and they apprehended three of the transport officers alleged to be involved. After an investigation was conducted, Andrea Peters, Belizean transport officer of Pomona Village was charged with the crime of extortion.

ACP Hilberto Romero, officer commanding Eastern Division, encouraged Belizeans to make these reports as soon as they happen: “Whenever these incidents happen, we respond if they are reported. So yes she made a report, it was followed up and that is where we intercepted the persons and one person was charged for extortion.”

 

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