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#367304 - 02/12/10 09:17 AM San Pedro Town Councillor Under Scrutiny
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A San Pedro Town Councillor is under scrutiny tonight. Reports to 7News are that earlier this week Canadian national Ralph Reiner made a complaint against councillor Juan Alamilla. Remier alleged that last year he gave Alamilla US$35,000 which was the down payment for a beachfront property and an additional US$5,000 to dredge the property. Alamilla allegedly promised to secure the land for Reiner through the government. But that never worked out and so feeling that he had been conned, Reiner went to the police.

The Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Station Assistant Superintendent of Police Dennis Arnold told us he knew nothing of the report. Alamilla himself told us that this evening that the allegations are false and that he wasn’t detained by police. In fact he says that he went to the police station voluntarily. He says the issue has been settled out of court and maintained that he did nothing wrong.

Additional reports to us are Alamilla also has questions to answer about some checks he allegedly wrote to a hardware store in San Pedro from a Belize Bank account that was closed in 2008. He told us that too has been settled.

Juan Alamilla who has served previously as Deputy Mayor is serving his third term as a Councillor on the Town Board.

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#367335 - 02/12/10 10:15 AM Re: San Pedro Town Councillor Under Scrutiny [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
A high ranking police source has confirmed to The San Pedro Sun that they are investigating two separate reports against an island resident. Last week, Police received two separate reports involving Juan Alamillia, a councilor of the San Pedro Town Council. Our police source confirmed that a Canadian investor, Ralph Riener visited the station and informed police that sometime last year, he paid Alamilla $5,000 in exchange for a dredging permit. Riener further told police that he also paid Alamilla a down payment of $35,000 for a parcel of beach front property with $35,000 remaining; total cost is of the property is $70,000.

Up to the time of the report, Alamilla had failed to produce the dredging license and the land documents. According to the source, Alamilla was asked to visit the station for question. Police said that Alamilla had until noon on Wednesday, February 10th to settle the matter or criminal charges would proceed.
The Sun was also informed that Alamilla was also allegedly question for several Belize Bank checks which had been signed and written by him (Alamilla) to several Hardware stores on the island for products received. Those checks were from a checking account that had been closed as far back as 2008. Police confirmed that indeed they were acting on such a report and that Alamilla had been made aware of the reports.
In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, Alamilla confirmed that he was questioned by police but denied having been arrested. “I visited the station, where my attention was called about the issues,” stated Alamilla. He continued to explain that last week, he made settlement arrangement regarding the checks and this past Wednesday afternoon, he signed a promissory note to settle the issue with Riener.


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