There are allegations of a land scandal within the San Pedro Town Council and in the middle of it fingers are pointed at an employee of the town council, a town councilor and the Minister of Tourism. The allegation was first made known two weeks ago when a whistleblower from the town council mass-emailed an anonymous letter to the media outlining what the author referred to as “a ring of land scammers who are operating from within the town council”.
In the letter the author points out that recently, a beach front property situated in the Mata Grande area was illegally acquired by Ms. Candy Bradley, a town council employee. The letter stated that town Councilor Juan Alamilla used his cousin, the Minister of Tourism Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. to sign a letter recommending that Ms. Bradley be allowed to purchase the property which was said to belong to the Government. The anonymous email, penned by “Jane Doe,” went on to explain that shortly after acquiring the land, Bradley sold it to a “powerful” San Pedrano who later discovered that the land was illegally acquired, and upon learning so requested his money back. The letter went on to suggest that when confronted with the situation, Minister Heredia, Mayor Elsa Paz, Councilor Juan Alamilla and Candy Bradley decided to sell the property for a higher value in order to not only return the money to the said San Pedrano but to divide the profit amongst them.
The land in question is lot number 12, situated in the Mata Grande Subdivision and registered at the lands department as Parcel Number 4594 in the San Pedro Registration section. At the Lands Department, the property appears to be owned by Mr. Ellis Eiley of San Pedro Town. Our investigation revealed that Candy Bradley, after acquiring the property in May of 2011 sold the property to Mr. Eiley.
Following our investigation into the matter – which provided more questions than answers – and after contacting the American individuals, the property was removed from the Hollywood Property’s real estate website. An urgent notice was also issued on September 17th by the Land and Surveys Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment stating: “Please take this as a formal notice of a possible land fraud in matters concerning the following property: Lot 12 of the Mata Grande Subdivision (formerly known as Mata Caballo) Subdivision Parcel NO. 4594. If you become aware that this property has been placed for sale or have knowledge of any parties attempting to market this property please notify the department [listed below...]”
What has been confirmed is that the property in question is indeed titled to two different individuals. On Tuesday morning, September 20th The Sun contacted Mr. Ellis Eiley via telephone who simply stated that we would have to take this matter up with the Lands Department. Exactly how it is that this happened is yet to be discovered and who the players were in the apparent “mix up.” The San Pedro Sun intends to follow up on this matter, and will report on any new information that becomes available. Click here
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