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Monday, April 21 2014 @ 03:05 AM EDT

Melany Hilda Rios Gonzalez - RJ Erwin's Partner in Crime

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - When former real estate salesman RJ Erwin (real name - Joseph Erwin Cover) decided to use my name to steal from members of the English speaking expatriate community here in Panama, he used his wife, Melany Hilda Rios Gonzalez (now Melany Erwin or Melany Cover) as an accomplice. He instructed his victim "Chuck" to write a check for $30,000 to a company called "Grupo Decoractiones Arco Iris" owned by his wife. RJ signed contracts stating he was the legal representative of that company, then his wife cashed the checks and deposited the money into her account at the Global Bank. Another scam that netted the pair $12,000 dollars involved a scheme in which RJ supposedly found someone who would rent an apartment from a different victim, but only if that apartment was fully furnished and completely redecorated. And of course it was his wife's company that was going to do the work. These two were stupid enough to leave behind a deep and incrimindating pile of documentary evidence linking them as individuals to these companies, making them all both criminally and civilly responsible. The pair is now on the run but they are dumb and rookie criminals so they won't get far. Sooner or later they won't be able to cross an international border using their passports, and they will effectively be "in the bag," wherever that might eventually be. More as it becomes available.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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