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Tonight we continue the coverage of yesterday’s heated Senate Select Committee hearings which saw former UDP politician Eric Chang, accountant Patrick Tillett and Immigration Officer Lindsey Wade appear as witnesses. All three are connected either directly or indirectly to the case of visa foils which mysteriously disappeared from the Western Border in 2012. Yesterday we showed extensively the statements by Tillett and Chang, so today we resume with the statements by Wade who is the officer accused of taking the visas. Yesterday when he sat before the Committee, he was visibly upset that he was called to testify and defend himself on serious allegations.


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Do you know that you have been identified or you have been accused of stealing those VISA foils?”


Screen_Shot_2017-03-09_at_8.13.21_PMLindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Well, I heard the allegations.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Well, that is why am saying you have been accused of stealing the VISA foils."


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“NO I didn’t steal any VISA foils.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Am not saying that you did, am asking you”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“I heard the allegations”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“You are aware that this allegation was made in a report by Vernon Lesley?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Yes”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“You know Mr. Lesley?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Yes”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Was he your Supervisor at the Western Border Station?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Yeah”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Ok, are you aware that Mr. Mark Tench has also alleged and pointed the finger at you in stealing the VISA foils?”

 

Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“I don’t know how but yes.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“An investigation was commenced and it led…”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“It wasn’t”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Wasn’t sanction by the department?”


Screen_Shot_2017-03-09_at_8.13.21_PMLindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Yeah”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“The persons who were conducting an investigation Mark Tench to certain people including Mr. Patrick Tillette who was here, involvement of Mr. Middleton, there was also took them to Corozal because there was a certain person by the name of Kaddafi involve and as a result of that investigation the officers Tench and Lesley formed the opinion that you removed the VISA foils, what do you have to say about that?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Well, any truth about that I didn’t remove any VISA foil, I don’t know Kaddafi nor Mr. Middleton, I haven’t even met Mr. Middleton.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Were you questioned about the missing VISA foils?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“This is the first time.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Ok nobody in the past the department asks you about it?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Never”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Mr. Cano didn’t ask you about it?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Never”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Lesley?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“No one, I heard about it through someone else like someone who worked at the border also.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“The understanding that I got is that when they got to Mr. Tillette and then found out that Mr. Middleton was involved and then they got to Middleton and he pointed out finger at somebody in Corozal…”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Mr. Middleton don’t know me if you bring here today he can’t identify me, I don’t know him either, when the allegations broke probably a month after December I made it my business to found out who was Mr. Middleton and he told me on the phone that he did mention my name to Mr. Tench so I don’t know why am here today, I guess you need to bring Mr. Middleton here.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Maybe you can help us do you know his first name?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“No Sir, I don’t even know his first name I don’t know how he look.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“So how did you got his number?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“I had someone found him for me, someone from Corozal because well if you had an allegations broke out about you then you would like to know who said it right? And the person told me that there was a guy Mr. Middleton who said that I gave him some VISAS for sale so I made it my business to find out who was Mr. Middleton.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“So you just call a friend in Corozal and told him to find Mr. Middleton?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“No”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“How did you find out who was Mr. Middleton was?”

 

Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“The person found out for me.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“But what did you tells that person, find Mr. Middleton; I want you to explain what you did how you found out who Mr. Middleton was?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“The person told me that Mr. Middleton was the brother of someone who worked at Immigration and that from there…”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“The brother of whom?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Another Mr. Middleton who used to work with us”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“You realize that they are saying that you stole the VISAS right?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Yeah, but somebody is saying that I stole VISAS but what is the evidence; when, where, how?”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“I understand that but because you are the person who is being accused of it…”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“You should have brought Mr. Middleton here first and he would have told you that he don’t know me then I wouldn’t have had to come here today because I don’t know Mr. Middleton so any third or second hand information that says I took, issued or sale any VISAS that is a lie, while working at the western border I didn’t sell, issued, took any VISAS while working there, the supervisors issued VISAS I didn’t even get to look at the VISAS much more sale, issue or took.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“The point that I was trying to make is that I am not accusing you, you know…”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“But you are saying Mr. Middleton say you should have brought him here first, if he had come here and said I say or he saw me and you come and say Mr. Middleton say, what could I say but he is not here and I don’t know him.”

 

Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“I understand that you are upset because you name is being called but I am not being adversarial with you if you let me finish then you’ll understand what the point is.”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Yeah but I am not standing for any comment that says I stole any VISA.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“That is what I am saying to you…”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Yes, but exactly that is what you are saying I stole some VISA.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Hold on, listen to me the point that I am making is that an allegation has been made, I am not saying that you stole the VISAS, more than one person have said that …”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“So why isn’t the person here who made the allegation?”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“You listen and I am going to ask the questions.”

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