Fake License Stickers Show Up On San Pedro
The new town council in San Pedro has unearthed what looks like a well organised white collar crime operation.
Reports reaching 7News tonight are that a case of systematic fraud has been discovered at the San Pedro Town Council's Traffic Department. It appears that fake license stickers have been sold to vehicle owners in that town.
The investigation, which we are told is still unearthing evidence, has started revealing the existence of fake stickers. It is believed at this time that these counterfeits were produced somewhere outside of the Traffic Department.
We are told that residents are starting to come forward with complaints that they might have been scammed into procuring these fake stickers.
When we spoke with the Belize Rural South Area Representative, Andre Perez, via telephone today, he stressed that this investigation is still live and he could not reveal details at this time. He did tell us though that persons could be facing criminal charges. We've since been looking closer at the case, and we were informed that this man, Kai Zetina, was recently arraigned at the San Pedro Magistrate Court for 6 counts of possessing false documents. He was able to meet bail of $5,000, and he must report back to court on June 9, 2021. Zetina is a former employee of the island's traffic department.
Our colleagues from the San Pedro Sun Newspaper report that island cops were alerted to these fake stickers during their Easter Weekend policing efforts. While stopping vehicles at different checkpoints, they came upon registration and insurance stickers that appeared suspicious. They quickly initiated an investigation in collaboration with the island's traffic department. That investigation reportedly led to raids on several homes, which turned up incriminating evidence.