Dutchman Wanted in Costa Rica for Fraud Arrested in Panama
Sunday, March 22 2009 @ 09:03 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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)
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.