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Dutchman Wanted in Costa Rica for Fraud Arrested in Panama

Expat Tales By William Sala for La Prensa - Dutchman Marius Cmax "Max" Van Keeken, 60 years-old, wanted by Interpol Costa Rica for fraud, was captured this week in Chiriquí, according to police sources. According to the investigation, Van Keeken had been living in Panama for more than a year and was intending to enter into a contract marriage with a Panamanian woman, said the source. Once captured, Interpol Panama arrested the foreigner and sent him to Costa Rica in order for him to face the legal process pending against him there. (See Comments)

Editor's Comment: That's funny. I did a quick Google search for this guy to see what might turn up, and quickly found a hit to The Visitor from the end of September 2008. As I was scanning through the articles looking for the reference to Max Van Keeken, I ran into an article written by Steven Rich about "Watch Out For Top Real Estate Scams." I though to myself, "good, this guy is already on the radar..." Buy whoops, Max Van Keeken was not in Steve Rich's story, but rather appeared as a featured speaker to promote his new hotel in the following article. I don't know what he did in Costa Rica but he's back there now to face the music. Apparently it's pretty common for scam and fraud artists who have run out of rope in Costa Rica to flop over the border and start anew here in Panama. So, consider this to be a "heads up" to anyone who falls into a similar category or situation. There have been recent and significant efforts to further integrate legal information and to improve cooperation between the governments, police, prosecutors, and judicial authorities in Central America in response to the increase wave of violence stemming from drug trafficking, organized crime, and money laundering. As an unintended consequence, people like this guy are getting caught more frequently. So, if you're here to hide from something and you came from Costa Rica, eventually you might be headed back over the border in handcuffs. You might want to follow the example of some of our other more illustrious and famous former expatriates and head for someplace that doesn't like the US so much - like Ecuador for example - because you're not safe here. (grin)

VÍA RÁPIDA

Detienen a holandés buscado en Costa Rica por estafa

INTERPOL. El holandés Marius Cmax Van Keeken, de 60 años, que era buscado por Interpol Costa Rica por el delito de estafa, fue capturado esta semana en Chiriquí, informó una fuente policial. De acuerdo con la investigación, Van Keeken tenía más de un año de estar en Panamá y pretendía contraer matrimonio con una panameña, agregó la fuente.

Luego del operativo de captura, Interpol Panamá arrestó al extranjero y lo envió a Costa Rica para que cumpla con el proceso legal en su contra.

WILLIAM SALA

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Dutchman Wanted in Costa Rica for Fraud Arrested in Panama
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, March 23 2009 @ 11:18 AM EDT

Please get your fact straight before reaching any conclusions and think (I know, I know...every dificult for you gringos...you have been programmed to just believe what you are told and never question anything! for yourself) !! Has it occured to you when you do your background check, and the person in questions is not on any black list, that this might be very well because there is nothing to mention.
I myself and many, many, many people in both Costa Rica and Panama can and will pledge for the honesty and goodness of Max van Keeken and his wife. This absured ACCUSATION (nothing more than that) by some sick Gringo who could not make his payments will very soon be discharged by the judge in question and the real thruth will find the light!

Dutchman Wanted in Costa Rica for Fraud Arrested in Panama
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, March 23 2009 @ 06:49 PM EDT

Don,
With all due respect, I think it's a little early to brand this guy a scammer as you allude to in your commentary. Yes, there are scammers out there, and many foreigners are plying their trade here in Central America. I am somewhat skeptical of the accusations brought out against Mr. Van Keeken. I believe that it is entirely possible that the accusations are merely "trumped up", as has been the case with other foreign developers who have behaved legitimately and ethically. My limited understanding of Napoleonic law seems to tell me that the burden of proof required to have someone arrested is much lower than in most Common Law jurisdictions.

I believe that we must allow Mr. Van Keeken to "face the music" in Costa Rica where he hopefully has a chance at a fair trial in front of a disinterested, impartial judiciary. Only then can we draw conclusions with regards to his behaviour and character.

I am very suspicious of the comments made by the "leak" quoted in La Prensa. For example, the "marriage of convenience" with a Panamanian would have been a difficult card to play given the somewhat public profile he and his wife (of many years) have maintained.



Dutchman Wanted in Costa Rica for Fraud Arrested in Panama
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 25 2009 @ 11:00 AM EDT

I am not surprised about the tone and accusations of Don Winner his article. For years this has been his trademark and allthough corrected many times Don Winner seems not to be able to learn his lesson.

I have known Mr. and Mrs. van Keeken for many years as friends, neigbors, and fellow countryman. There is not a doubt in my mind that the accusations are bogus. Slender and false accusations are made very easlily both in Costa Rica and in Panama. I know because I have been draged through the court system in Panama myself by people who thought to earn a fast buck. What is more appealing than to accuse sombody who seems to have a wallet more filled than others.

Nobody mentions the countless acts of charity that have been done by Mr. and Mrs. van Keeken. Although Mr. van Keeken may sometimes be described as a "enfant terrible" never should there be any doubt about his integrity and his goodwill towards less fortunate in the country where he lives and has lived.
The inclusion in the article about his alleged searching for a Panamanian wife is a blatant insult to Mrs. van Keeken, and a slender on the part of Don Winner since Don Winner could have known this fact not to be true.
I am saddened greatly that Mr. and Mrs. van Keeken have to go through this, but I am even more angered about Don winner his attempt to worsen their situation.
One should expect a apology from Don Winner, but from experience I know that Don Winner neither knows nor understands the word apology.
Erik, Mexico

Dutchman Wanted in Costa Rica for Fraud Arrested in Panama
Authored by: Don Winner on Wednesday, March 25 2009 @ 12:59 PM EDT

The comment about the Panamanian wife appeared in the original article, not my comments. And again, lets just stick to the facts. The guy was arrested and taken back to Costa Rica to face fraud charges. If the charges are so "slim" and if he's such a stand-up guy, then why didn't he just go back there voluntarily? I'm still waiting for an answer on that one, and I doubt that I'll get it. In fact, it's common for people who get caught with their hands in the cookie jar to haul-ass across the border to start over. This guy simply got caught and was taken back to Costa Rica in handcuffs.

And, while you might think your attacks against me in this comments section might be doing some good (or at least giving you an outlet to make yourself feel better) since I don't know this dude from Adam I can be completely and totally objective. He got arrested and taken back to Costa Rica. End of story. Now, if the charges and dropped and he's completely acquitted of all charges, let me know and I'll be happy to print that as well. If he's convicted and sent to prison, then I'll write that. Are you getting the concept that since I don't know this guy I simply don't have the emotional baggage about this incident that you seem to be carrying?

Whatever - feel free to continue to shoot barbs at me if it makes you feel better. I've seen it before, practically every time someone gets caught doing something wrong as a matter of fact. The people who are close to the perp come after me for some reason, simply because I'm telling the truth about what happened. Right, I'm the bad guy. Got it... It's all my fault. Gee, sorry about that.