Arrest of a GOB employee and a security consultant for attempting to corrupt an officer

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Matilda Victoria GARNETT and Rodwell RICHARDS arrested and charged for attempting to corrupt an officer

On Monday April 30, 2012, the Gang Suppression Unit conducted an operation at the premises of John McAfee in Orange Walk which resulted in the arrest of three security guards and ongoing investigation on an alleged antibiotics laboratory.

One week later, on May 7, 2012 Matilda Victoria GARNETT, Belizean 44 years Second Class clerk of 159 Kut Avenue, Belize city and employed by the Government of Belize at the Vital Statistics Unit contacted a member of the GSU and insisted that he socialize with her. When the encounter took place, GARNETT, claiming that she was acting on behalf of McAfee proposed to the officer that if he would provide her with reports on the operations of the GSU as they related to McAfee, he would be “handled” well. The officer reported the matter to the OC GSU and a sting operation was conducted the following day.

During that meeting, GARNETT went as far that day as introducing the officer to another person who she said was one of McAfee’s “right hands” to meet the officer. That person, Rodwell RICHARDS, 40 years Belizean “Security Consultant” and Assistant Manager at Benny’s of 6678 Sunflower Street, Belize City and 8 Miles Western Highway made the same offer to the officer and went as far as giving him $200.00 with a promise of being “well taken care of” once he kept them informed. Earlier this evening GARNETT was taken into custody and charged with “attempting to corrupt an officer”. RICHARDS was just arrested and will likewise be charged for the same offence.

According to GARNETT and RICHARDS, McAfee had become paranoid since the GSU raid and was since living in fear that the GSU would visit him again, so he wanted a “heads up”.

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