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Throughout his testimony, Wade remained antagonistic and non-cooperative in assisting the Committee to find or identify the individual only known as “Mr. Middleton”. This elusive character who had the ability to obtain visas for Chinese nationals for a hefty sum of $3,000 from the Immigration Department had become a middleman for UDP agents feeding a lucrative thirst for visas. But it wasn’t only Wade who was denying crucial knowledge of Middleton’s whereabouts. Through yesterday’s nearly five-hour long hearing, neither of the other witnesses were willing to reveal anything further.


Screen_Shot_2017-03-09_at_8.13.40_PMEric Chang – Former Deputy Mayor of Belize


“I don’t know who Mr. Middleton is, at no time in my life have ever met with this Mr. Middleton so I don’t know where in this report says me and Mr. Middleton took the VISA to me, I don’t know who is Mr. Middleton, I never ever did meet Mr. Middleton in my life.”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“I provided six VISA applications to an agent.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Who was this agent?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“Mr. Middleton, six VISA applications.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Do you remember his first name?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“No I don’t remember his first name; six VISA applications were given to Mr. Middleton.”


Senator Dr. Carla Barnette – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“You kind of gone ahead of me Mr. Tillette, I want to know who Mr. Middleton is?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“That’s all I can say he was introduced to me.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Who introduce him to you?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“Mr. William Stuart”


Senator Dr. Carla Barnette – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Mr. Middleton has an office?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“He was introduce to me I didn’t meet him at his office.”


Senator Dr. Carla Barnette – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“I just kind find it difficult that you would have handed over people’s passports and applications to somebody who you didn’t know his first name.”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“I knew his first name at the time because he was introduce to me but now I don’t remember his first name.”

 

Screen_Shot_2017-03-09_at_8.15.03_PMSenator Dr. Carla Barnette – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Do you know where his office is, does he have an office or does he work from the back of his car?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“Freelance people may work from home.”


Senator Dr. Carla Barnette – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“So you don’t know his name, you have a telephone number for him?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“No I don’t I’ve changed ten phones between now and then."


Senator Dr. Carla Barnette – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“So we can’t find Mr. Middleton."


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“He was actually on TV.”


Senator Dr. Carla Barnette – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“No its ok”


Senator Eamon Courtney – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“We would have to say who we believe and who we don’t believe and I am giving you an opportunity to give us a credible answer, it is very clear to me so far that nobody is prepared to tell this committee who Mr. Middleton is, are you prepared to give us his first name?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“No, I don’t; have his first name, sorry.”


Senator Eamon Courtney – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Do you know where we can find him?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“Well the auditor report mentions that he is the common-law husband of a part-time Immigration Officer so if you trace it there is a way to find the person.”


Senator Eamon Courtney – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“But you are not prepared to give us any information?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“This is the best information that I am giving you.”


Senator Eamon Courtney – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“I am asking you?”


Patrick Tillett - Former City Council Financial Controller


“You want me to repeat what is here, I don’t have a first name, so this is the best…”


Senator Eamon Courtney – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Ok and let me just say again.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“You are the only person; you and Mr. Tench are the only persons who have had…”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“You guys have the resources right?”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Why are you so adversarial, am just explaining to you why it is that we are asking for Mr. Middleton?”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“I don’t know where Mr. Middleton live.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Am not fighting with you, you know.”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“I have a number for him 2012; I don’t even have the number again how could I help you to find where Mr. Middleton is

Senator Ashley Rocke – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Tell us who your friends are because he knows who Mr. Middleton is.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“And then the allegations I against you and Mr. Middleton is the one who knows who…”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Am pretty sure you guys can find Mr. Middleton if you want.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“Mr. Middleton is the one who knows who gave him those VISA foils.”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“Yes I want Mr. Middleton to come here, it’s in my best interest that he comes here.”


Aldo Salazar – Chairman Special Senate Select Committee


“So that’s why we are asking you if you can help us identify him.”


Lindsey Wade - Immigration Officer I


“I can’t help you I don’t know him.”


As you can tell, the Committee was not able to decipher any more information on who Middleton is. According to the Auditor General’s special audit and statements from Immigration Officers last week, Middleton is the common-law husband to a female Immigration Officer who lives in Orange Walk Town.

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