Arthur Saldivar faces action over Coye monies

vlcsnap-2014-08-08-19h33m23s122vlcsnap-2014-08-08-19h33m42s62It was a triumphant moment for all concerned in March of this year when the Court of Appeal cleared all remaining members of the Coye family of Belize City and their associates of money laundering charges, and again in June when they were told they could recover their assets after fighting off a challenge from a Panamanian company seeking judgment. But now there is a rift between attorney Arthur Saldivar and former client Melonie Coye, who accuses him of stealing a suitcase containing approximately $900,000, a little more than half the value of the $1.557 million frozen at the Central Bank. She says he accompanied them to pick up the money; he held one suitcase and she the other, but he never did give it back. Mr Saldivar insists he did not take the money. But Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay has been retained on Coye’s behalf to demand the money back and filed papers this week for a court action in that regard. Arthur Saldivar meanwhile, wants a 25% cut of the assets of the family – over six million dollars – for his legal fees, based on standard prescription for Court of Appeal cases. But until then, Mr Saldivar’s story is, “I didn’t do it.”

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