GSU Charges Cop Who Says He's "Friend" Of Millionaire McAfee
On Friday we told you that the GSU had arrested two persons: public officer Matilda GARNETT, and former cop, Rodwell Tiger RICHARDS for "attempting to corrupt an officer", specifically for soliciting a GSU officer to give them a heads up when they would next be moving in on US Investor John McAfee.
Well now, another person has been charged for the same thing: and this one is an active police corporal from Orange Walk who was charged with attempting to corrupt an officer on Saturday.
The GSU alleges that MARTINEZ called a member of the GSU on Friday saying that that he was assisting INTERPOL and 922 TIPS with an investigation on McAfee and was interested in information contained in a diary found during the search at of McAfee's residence in Orange Walk.
He call the officer again later that day and insisted on getting information, allegedly saying that he wanted to help quote, "the millionaire McAfee", and that the officer could make money once he assisted in providing certain information.
Well, the officer was in no mood for that game, and a Warrant for the apprehension of MARTINEZ was obtained.
When the Unit attempted to execute the Warrant at his home in Orange Walk, they were informed that he had left for work at 10:00 am in Belize City.
He was found around 9:30 that night in Belmopan and was arrested for attempting to corrupt an officer, resisting arrest and using obscene language.
Garnett, Richards and Martinez were represented by attorneys Simeon Sampson and Dickie Bradley in court today. They all pleaded not guilty, and they were granted bail of $3,000 each which they wer all able to meet.
They are expected back in court on July 16. Martinez was also arraigned in Belmopan Magistrate's Court for the obscene language charge.
Three Public Officers Allegedly Friends Of John McAfee Charged For Attempting To Corrupt An Officer
Three Public Officers, two from Belize City and one from Orange Walk have been charged for attempting to corrupt an officer. First we’ll tell you about the two from Belize City who were charged with the crime after they allegedly tried to retrieve information from an officer pertaining to the investigation being carried out against U.S National John McAfee by the Gang Suppression Unit.
Viewers might recall that on Monday May 1st the Gang Suppression Unit raided McAfee’s home here in Orange Walk, detained him and his employees for more than 14 hours, took McAfee to Belize City and then released him at 1:30 on Tuesday morning without any charges after the intervention of the U.S Embassy.
That took place one week ago and reports are that on Monday May 7th Matilda Victoria Garnett, 44 year old Second Class Clerk working at the Vital Statistics Unit, allegedly contacted a member of the GSU and asked him to meet with her at a certain location.
The officer allegedly met with Garnett who informed him that she was acting on behalf of McAfee. The woman, it is alleged, proposed to the officer that he provide her with reports regarding the operations of the GSU associated to McAfee and that he would be “handled” well. But apparently the officer wanted no part of the game and reported the matter to the Commander of the GSU Marco Vidal. A sting operation was put into effect the following day.
During the consequent meeting Garnett allegedly introduced the officer to 40 year old Security Consultant and Assistant Manager at Benny’s, Rodwell Richards, who she said was one of McAfee’s right hand. Allegations are that Richards made the same offer to the officer and went as far as to offer him $200.00 and promised that he would be well taken care of once he kept them informed of the investigations carried out against McAfee.
Right after the meeting both Garnett and Richards were arrested for attempting to corrupt an officer. Both of the accused reported that ever since the GSU raided McAfee’s house, he become paranoid and was living in fear that the unit would visit him again, so he wanted a “heads up”.
But as mentioned at the top of the first story, Garnett and Richards are not the only two persons who were charged for attempting to corrupt an officer. On Saturday May 12th a police corporal from Orange Walk was also charged with the same crime. Allegations are that on Friday May 11th, 42 year old Corporal Darius Martinez, attached to the Faber’s Road Precinct in Belize City, made two calls to an officer attached the GSU from his personal cell phone.
During the first call made Friday afternoon, Martinez, allegedly told the officer, who is well known to him, that he was assisting INTERPOL and 922 TIPS with an investigation on McAfee and was interested in obtaining information contained in a diary found during the search executed at the residence of the American Retiree in Orange Walk.
Later that same day, Martinez allegedly called the same officer for the second time insisting that he be given the requested information stating that he wanted to help “the millionaire McAfee”, “a friend”. Martinez also told the officer that he could make money once he provided certain information and “watched” the Unit on his behalf.
Based on that report a warrant for the apprehension of Martinez was obtained by the GSU who headed to Orange Walk to detain the corporal. But when the unit arrived at Martinez’s house located at number 15 Riverside Street, the only person they met at home was his wife who informed them that Martinez was expecting them but had to leave for work at 10:00am in Belize City.
Martinez was later located by the GSU around 9:30pm in Belmopan where he was arrested and charged for attempting to corrupt and officer, resisting arrest and using obscene language. We were unable to get in contact with McAfee for comment today.
Police Officer arrested and charged for “attempting to corrupt an officer”
On Friday May 11, 2012 the Gang Suppression Unit arrested and charged Matilda Victoria GARNETT, Public Officer and Rodwell RICHARDS, former Police Corporal, both of Belize City, for “attempting to corrupt an officer“.
On Saturday May 12, 2012, Darius MARTINEZ, a 42 year old Belizean Police Corporal of 15 Riverside Street, Orange Walk Town, attached to the Faber’s Road Precinct, Belize City, was charged with the same offence.
The charge arises from two calls placed by MARTINEZ from his personal cellular telephone to a member of the Gang Suppression Unit the previous day (Friday May 11,2012).
During the first call made early in the afternoon, MARTINEZ, who is well known to the officer whom he called, said that he was assisting INTERPOL and 922 TIPS with an investigation on McAfee and was interested in information contained in a diary found during the search executed at John McAfee’s residence in Orange Walk. He placed another call to the same officer later that day and insisted on getting information, saying that he wanted to help “the millionaire McAfee”, “a friend” and that the officer could “make money” once the officer assisted in providing certain information and if the officer “watched” the Unit on his behalf.
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Police, ex-cop and clerk in McAfee Mess
Darius Lionel Martinez
In the local courts, a police officer, an ex-cop and a second class clerk have been charged for allegedly attempting to bribe police officers, following a raid by the Gang Suppression Unit at the estate of millionaire businessman, John McAfee. During the raid on April thirtieth, seven firearms were found on the property, and police claimed that one of them was unlicensed. No charges have been brought against McAfee, but three of his affiliates have since been arrested. Clerk, Matilda Garnett; ex-cop Rodwell Richards and Police Constable Darius Lionel Martinez were all arraigned for Attempting to Corrupt a Police Officer.
Richards, who was represented by attorneys, Dickie Bradley and Simeon Sampson, is accused of offering to pay PC Adrian Lopez on May eighth to provide confidential information on McAfee’s case. The same allegations were made against Garnett, but her offence was dated May seventh. When those two attempts failed, PC Martinez allegedly attempted to buy details on the information gathered during the raid from WPC Stacey Humes, who is attached to the GSU. All three pleaded not guilty when they appeared before the Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer. There was no objection to bail, which was granted in the sum of three thousand dollars each.
They are due back in court on July sixteenth. While Garnett and Richards were free to go, PC Martinez was taken into custody by CIB officers in Belize City and escorted to Belmopan where he was additionally charged for resisting arrest and using threatening words upon Sergeant Francisco Ack. Once again, Martinez pleaded not guilty, was granted bail of two thousand dollars and is to return to the Belmopan court on June twenty-ninth.