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Former Ecuadorian Lawmaker Has Fled From Panama To Costa Rica

Panama NewsProsecutors in Ecuador have evidence the former lawmaker Galo Lara, who has been sentenced to ten years in prison for his complicity in a triple murder, fled from Panama to Costa Rica, according to the director of the investigating agency, Galo Chiriboga. (more)

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Fire At The Super99 Supermarket

Safety & SecurityThere was a fire in the Super99 supermarket located on Via Porras this morning. (more)

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Metro Bus Driver Dies Of A Heart Attack

Traffic AccidentsA Metro Bus driver died of a heart attack this morning, Thursday, May 29th, as he began his work day as usual, according to one of his colleagues. (more)

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Former MIDES Officials Sentenced To Prison For Embezzlement Case

CorruptionSix former officials of the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES) were sentenced to prison for fraudulent embezzlement, through the use of checks to pay for travel and per diem expenses during a tour to promote the "100 for 70" social assistance program. (more)

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Developing Real Estate in Panama - Not For The Faint of Heart

Real EstateBy Kent Davis for Panama Equity - Developing in Panama is not for the faint of heart, but there are some notable success stories of expats coming to Panama, identifying a need, and successfully and profitably executing a real estate development.

When Brian Wagner moved to Panama in 2007 from Seattle, he had a vision of what type of development he was looking to build. Focused on the affordable housing market, the types of projects and how they have materialized are quite different than originally envisioned.

“It took several years to find the right properties with the characteristics that lend themselves to inner-city affordable housing,” Wagner said. “With PH Casco View, the project’s feasibility required innovative building variances. This required lobbying and technical presentations , and we had to work our way up the Ministry of Housing before anything got done.”

His story is similar to that of Gema Fercasa, who came to Panama from Spain with her family, who set their sights on an area just outside of the San Francisco neighborhood near Parque Omar.

“I come from a family of developers, and in 2010 we knew that the party was coming to an end in Spain. So we started our research, of course focusing on Latin America, which at the time was really starting to pick up economically. We considered Brazil but found that the language was going to be an issue, and safety was also a concern. We also considered countries like Argentina, Peru, and Venezuela, but were concerned with the lack of judicial security and didn’t want to have to worry about the government coming in and taking over our assets. The Dominican Republic was interesting, but was not really a place we wanted to live, and we ruled out places like El Salvador and Honduras because of the crime and poor schools for our kids. We appreciated the fact that Panama was a dollar based economy, was very safe, was a financial center with available credit, and was a place that we could see ourselves living and raising our kids.”

Developing in Panama for these two expats was of course very different than developing in the US or Spain.

In some cases, developing in Panama has clear advantages:

For instance, according to Wagner, the local building materials and design in Panama are much simpler than in his native Washington State. “All three of the projects we’ve developed have been slab and block construction, as opposed to dealing with lumber, sheet rock, insulation and other costly construction methods. Building codes in Panama are also less rigid and at the end of the day, an important difference between high end and affordable housing are the quality and costs of finishing materials.”

For Wagner, the process has its expected challenges as well. Focused on the area just outside of the historic district in downtown Panama City, project planning has taken a lot longer than what he expected. Entities such as the municipality (Municipio), the housing authority (MIVIOT), the environmental oversight agency (ANAM), the tax authority (DGI), the public registry (El Registro Publico), and the land registry (Catastro), many of whom do not have any communication between each other, are all necessary to deal with to launch a successful development, which makes getting approvals difficult and time consuming. Gema’s first venture has also turned into a success, but was not without it’s challenges either.

“We were fortunate, in that we acquired a parcel that already had the zoning and permissions we were looking for, most notably the anteproyecto.”

Typically, getting to this stage would have taken four months to finalize the environmental impact study, four months to prepare the plans and submit them to the municipality, and then another five months within the municipality to get approvals, but according to Gema, “we saved at least a year by buying the land with approvals and we were able to start selling and taking deposits from buyers as soon as we closed on the land.”

In Panama as in Spain, developers are legally permitted to use buyer’s deposits to cover costs and not required to hold those funds in escrow. Both agreed that this was a huge advantage from a cash flow perspective.

The bank financing piece was also attractive for both Wagner and Farcasa. Banks in most cases will finance up to 80% of the cost of construction and in some cases banks will even allow builders to take a draw against the irrevocable letters of payment that the developers have taken from buyers to cover the balance.

“We’d never be able to do something like that in the US,” Wagner said, “but the rules and norms are different in Panama”

“Banco General ended up being a fantastic partner,” Fercasa notes. “In fact, they were eager to lend us the money because of the nature of our buyer, who was Panamanian. They knew they were going to get all of the other business from them…the mortgage, car loans, and new banking relationships. They were actually chasing us to write the loan!”

Both developers also faced very serious challenges, including having to replace their general contractor, incompetent attorneys and more. We plan on covering this and exploring the theme of foreigners developing in Panama more in the next chapter, so stay tuned!

All the Best, Kent Davis - Panama Equity Real Estate. Panama City, Panamá. El Cangrejo, Argentina Tower. Office: +(507) 396-0931 Mobile: 011 (507) 6030-6782 USA Number: 404 865 1629 Skype: kentpd22 View listings at www.panamaequity.com

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50% OFF Getaway in Playa Coronado Selling Out Fast

HotelsIn just 24 hours, 250 nights at the windswept TRYP Playa Coronado Resort have been booked at incredible discounts. The sale, promoted by OfertaSimple.com, is valid for weekday or weekend trips now through the end of August.

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The TRYP Playa Coronado Resort by Wyndham has two fantastic restaurants, a breakfast buffet, an amazing pool space and a great beach ideal for passing a relaxing day. Close to Panama City, Playa Coronado is a fantastic option for both families and couples looking for a getaway.

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William Dathan Holbert Riots In Prison (Takes Hostage) - Still No Trial Date Set

Expat TalesBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - A riot occurred in the jail in David, Panama - when the confessed serial killer William Dathan "Wild Bill" Holbert broke out of his cell and took another inmate hostage, in an attempt to regain some lost privileges. (more)

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Following The Trail Of The Missing Dutch Women in Boquete

Expat TalesMore than a month and a half has passed since they were last seen, but the image of the two young Dutch women, Lisanne Froon, 22, and Kris Kremers, 21, remain plastered on the walls of stores and hotels, as the search for them continues. (more)

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State revenues fall short

Money MattersThe current revenue in the first quarter of 2014 were 200.4 million dollars under budget (projections). (more)

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MOLIRENA Will Reevaluate Their Alliance With Cambio Democratico

PoliticsAfter the Democratic Change political party failed to win the presidential elections on 4 May, the MOLIRENA party will asses whether or not to continue their alliance. (more)

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Corrupt Panamanian Officials Issue Bogus Licences To Mariners In Turkey

Panama Flagged VesselsA request for an audit from the Department of Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for fees charged by the Panamanian consulates located in Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey found endorsement certificates for mariner's licences that were blank (had not been filled in with the personal information of the individual), but they had been stamped and signed, said a government source. (more)

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Government Pulls Bill To Recognize Gay Marriages in Panama

Panama NewsFollowing recent criticisms and questions, Government Minister Jorge Ricardo Fabrega announced on Saturday he contacted National Assembly Deputy Dana Castañeda, who is the President of the Committee on Government, asking him to not rush the discussions in the first debate on Bill 718, that would recognize or legalize same-sex marriages made ​​abroad. (more)

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Teachers strike ends after agreement with Meduca

Protests & DemonstrationsBoth sides had to give. That was the condition set by the Human Rights Ombudsman - acting as a mediating body in the conflict - and the negotiations eventually succeeded. (more)

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Alaska Plastic Surgeon Indicted on Tax Evasion Charges for Concealing Bank Accounts in Panama and Costa Rica

Expat TalesWashington, DC - The Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that a federal grand jury in Anchorage, Alaska, returned a superseding indictment yesterday charging Michael D. Brandner, an Anchorage physician specializing in plastic surgery, on three counts of tax evasion. Brandner has also been charged with seven counts of wire fraud in an indictment returned in September 2013.

According to the superseding indictment, Brandner engaged in various activities to evade his taxes for 2008, 2009 and 2010, including making false and misleading statement to IRS special agents and filing false tax returns for each of the three years. In the three false returns, Brandner failed to report the existence of financial accounts in Panama and Costa Rica over which he had signature authority, and also failed to report foreign interest income of more than $9,000 for 2008, more than $150,000 for 2009, and more than $150,000 for 2010. The indictment also alleges that Brandner attempted to evade more than $600,000 in federal income taxes over the three years.

According to court documents, Brandner engaged in a scheme to hide and conceal millions of dollars of assets from the Alaska courts and from his wife of 28 years who was divorcing him. Shortly after the divorce was filed, Brandner left Alaska and drove to Central America after converting assets into five cashier’s checks worth over $3,000,000.

An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. If convicted, Brandner faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison for each of the three tax evasion charges and a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each of the seven wire fraud charges.

The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and by Homeland Security Investigations and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Ignacio Perez de la Cruz of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder for the District of Alaska. (Press Release)

Editor's Comment: Whoops. I would love to know the "back story" on how the IRS was able to obtain the details regarding Brandner's bank accounts in Panama. I suspect it was through cooperation with the Panamanian government. If that's the case, then this is just one more example of why Panama is no longer a safe place for US citizens to hide their money from the IRS. You might thing you're getting away with it. There are legions of Panamanian lawyers who will tell you they can set things up for you. But the times, they are a'changin' folks. What used to work no longer works. There is a room full of IRS agents who work at the US embassy in Panama, and the only reason they are there is to track down cases such as this.

Ah, wait. Someone has already written that article about how this rocket scientist got himself caught. Yeah, read that article and take it to heart. If you're trying to hide money from the IRS in Panama, you're an idiot...

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Witnesses in Italy Testify - The Bribes Were For Martinelli

CorruptionGiusseppe Schiattarella, the Chief of the Research and Special Operations Division of the Carabinieri Corps, and Mauro Velocci, the former president of the Svemark consortium - the company that was to build modular prisons in Panama - said yesterday before the judges of the Court of Naples, Italy, that the President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, was the final recipient of the bribes. (more)

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Striking Teachers Enter Ninth Day Of Hunger Strike

Protests & DemonstrationsThrough clenched teeth, an English teacher who has been on a hunger strike asked the authorities of the Panamanian government and even the United Nations to intercede in their ongoing conflict with the Ministry Education, over the methodology used to determine salary increases. (more)

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Extraordinary Legislative Sessions To "Mine The Path" For President Elect Varela

PoliticsOn Wednesday May 21 the Deputies of the National Assembly will meet in Special Sessions called by the Executive, headed by President Ricardo Martinelli, where approximately 30 bills will be addressed. (more)

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Negotiations Continue Between Panameñistas and PRD For Control of National Assembly

PoliticsThe Deputy from the Panameñista political party Luis Eduardo Quirós said the talks with his colleagues from the Revolutionary Democratic Party (PRD) in an attempt to reach an agreement to achieve control of the National Assembly continue. (more)

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Trained Dogs Will Be Used To Search For Two Missing Dutch Women

Expat TalesConfident their daughters are alive and will be found soon, the parents of one of the two young Dutch women who went missing in the foothills of Volcán Barú announced they will use trained search dogs from Holland to search the Pianista hiking trail. (more)

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Ludwig Hoffman And The "Stahlratte" - Operating Illegally in Panama?

Boats and Sailing By Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - A new source has provided me with additional information regarding attempts by the serial killer Javier Martin to book trips for unsuspecting backpackers who want to travel between Panama's San Blas islands and Cartagena in Colombia, from his jail cell in Panama's La Joya prison, using a smart phone smuggled in by a corrupt prison guard, aboard Ludwig Hoffman's "Stahlratte" (Steel Rat) sailing vessel.

It turns out Ludwig Hoffman might be working illegally in Panama, by using his "Stahlratte" sailing vessel to haul backpackers from the San Blas islands to Cartagena, Colombia. My source tells me "Ludwig Hoffmann is working illegally in Panama," saying "he is a parasite, operating in Comarca Kuna Yala without any permit." I'm currently working to verify and validate this accusation.

Admittedly the Panamanian government is notoriously absent with regards to these sailing vessels that regularly and routinely ferry backpackers from the San Blas islands to Colombia. There is little oversight, no inspectors, and few regulations. The little government presence that exists is notoriously corrupt, as well. Remember Ismael Sagel Lopez, the Port Captain of El Porvenir in the San Blas islands? After Javier Martin murdered the Frenchman Jean Pierre Bouhard, Martin literally drove a little dingy with an outboard motor all the way from Portobelo to El Porvenier, where he paid bribes to Ismael Sagel Lopez to create bogus ownership documents for Jean Pierre Bouhard's catamaran the "Levante." Javier Martin had just shot Jean Pierre Bouhard in the head and thrown his body into the ocean, in order to steal the "Levante." See this article for the details: Panama Port Captain Creates Fake Official Government Documents For Serial Killer.

I am being told Ludwig Hoffman has been operating a commercial sailing operation in the Guna Yala for years, without any permissions or permits to do so. I am currently attempting to contact the lawyer who is representing the interests of the Guna Yala people in these sorts of situations. Several calls have gone to voicemail.

Ludwig Hoffman and his "Stahlratte" sailing vessel will be arriving in Panama on 13 June, and then departing on 17 June for Cartagena, Colombia. I will be advising the lawyer who represents the interests of the Guna Yala people, as well as the Panamanian authorities, that this supposedly "non-commercial" sailing vessel will be stopping in Panama just long enough to pick up backpackers, who pay $510 per person to make the trip. This is the schtick Ludwig Hoffman has posted on his website;

  • "Our Project - SV "Stahlratte" is NOT a commercial sailing-vessel! The owner is a foundation, which was founded in 1984 as a commune and the ships purpose was/is to be a traveling platform for group life/experience. The project is run without any profits and the main issue is the surviving and maintenance of this historic ship.We try to keep it sailing for many people to have fun and good experiences. The crew is entirely composed of volunteers (also backpackers), who work in a rotation system for 3-6 month without being paid. All money earned with guests sailing on "Stahlratte" is exclusively spent for the maintenance of this vessel and the living of the 4-5 crewmembers on board."

Well, that's nice. An all cash business. Sailing around the Caribbean between Panama, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Belize. Not answering to anyone. And according to Ludwig Hoffman - supposedly "not commercial." I've long suspected there might be sailing vessels hauling backpackers around the Caribbean, using them basically as camouflage to run drugs to the North and money to the South. One thing I've noticed about criminals who get caught, is they immediately tend to accuse others of doing the exact same things they were doing. When I caught Javier Martin trying to arrange passage for backpackers aboard Ludwig Hoffman's "Stahlratte" - he posted an article on his website accusing me of (you guessed it) using a sailing yacht to traffic drugs and launder money. I wonder if the US Navy or the DEA has ever taken a real hard look at the "Stahlratte." Birds of a feather and all that. Nah, it's probably nothing...

And, I'm not stupid. The "Stahlratte" can carry a total of 25 passengers and crew - it's a relatively large boat. Most of the people who are providing me with information about Ludwig Hoffmann and his vessel are also in the business of transporting backpackers from Panama to Colombia, making him their competition. I get it. However he's also the only one who was willing to accept reservations from his buddy, Javier Martin. The rest of the gang saw my reporting, and piled on. So I'm not blind to the fact that this is their opportunity to maybe scoop up some of the people who were going to be riding on the "Stahlratte." It's a cutthroat business.

But here's what floats my boat. If anyone out there every wants to do business with Javier Martin - they can bet that sooner or later I'll find out about it. And then their boat will be the featured centerpiece of a similar series of articles. What Javier Martin is doing is illegal. Consider this to be a public service announcement.

Copyright 2014 Panama-Guide.com.

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Juan Carlos Varela Meets With Striking Teachers And Promises Dialog

Schools & EducationThe teachers' union leader, Yadira Pino, confirmed reports of having met with the president-elect Juan Carlos Varela, and they agreed to meetings in the coming days. (more)

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Roux Hints At Possible CD Meeting With Panameñista Party

PoliticsThe General Secretary of the Democratic Change (CD) political party, Romulo Roux, said his party would lead a constructive opposition (against the newly elected administration of Juan Carlos Varela.) (more)

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Serial Killer Javier Martin's Prison-Based Business Model - Torpedoed!

Boats and Sailing By Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - On Friday, 9 May 2014, I wrote and published this article Serial Killer Javier Martin - Now Booking Sailing Trips For Tourists, Using His Cell Phone From Inside Panama's La Joya Prison. Armed with a smart phone, Javier Martin was able to access his websites and email, and was trying to book unsuspecting tourists as passengers on a sailing vessel named the "Stahlratte" (Steel Rat), operated by Ludwig Hoffman.

After the publication of the first article, I was contacted by some of the other sailboat captains who also ferry backpackers from Panama to Colombia. They told me that Ludwig Hoffman thought Javier Martin was innocent, and that he was about the only one of them who would possibly be willing to cooperate with Javier Martin's scheme to make some money from prison.

I created a "throw-away" email address and used it to contact Javier Martin directly. He promptly validated the sailing schedule, told me the fee would be $510 per passenger, and passed me the contact information for Ludwig Hoffman, and told me to contact him directly. Of course, Javier Martin was expecting to get paid a commission for having "recruited" two passengers for Ludwig Hoffman and the "Stahlratte" with a sailing date in mid June from Panama to Cartagena, Colombia.

So I published this follow-up article Ludwig Hoffman - Captain of the "Stahlratte" Sailing Vessel - Thinks Javier Martin Is Innocent. I tried repeatedly however unsuccessfully to contact Lugwig Hoffman via cell phone. All of the calls went straight to voice mail. Meanwhile, Javier Martin continued to post additional information on his website, such as the complete sailing schedule for the "Stahlratte."

Finally, Ludwig Hoffman "woke up" and realized what was going on. We have spent the past few days exchanging email about this situation, which I publish here in full;

  • From: ludwig hoffmann [mailto:kapitaen_hoffmann@hotmail.com]
  • Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 8:12 PM
  • To: don@panama-guide.com
  • Subject: article about me in your webpage panamaguide
  • dear sir! i have no idea who you are and how you are getting to know what i am doing and thinking and so on as i have never seen you, talked to you nor written anything to you ever. how can you know that i have given permission to anyone to use sailingvessel stahlratte information that is free to see on her website and how can you be so rude and stupid to insult me for all these things without any information nor investigation before as you have never ever tryed to contact me on one of my email adresses nor phonenumbers all easy to find on stahlratte webpage. what you do is not called journalism, thats called terrorism! nothing of all you have written is really true concerning my person and i would really know how you can explain me that you are so sure that i am thinking this or that and so on.... i would like you to delete my personal photographs from your website and all these lies as well! and i dont want you publish anything i write to you. the only thing you really should do is to beg for my pardon to publish such wrong things about me without knowing anything about me.
  • sincerely, cpt ludwig hoffmann

  • From: don@panama-guide.com To: kapitaen_hoffmann@hotmail.com Subject: RE: article about me in your webpage panamaguide Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 21:30:18 -0400

    Do you know Javier Martin?

    Do you consider Javier Martin to be a friend?

    Have you accepted reservations from Javier Martin, for passengers on your sailing vessel the “Stahlratte”?

    If so, have you paid him a commission for those referrals?

    Do you think Javier Martin is innocent of the charges against him?

    Do you think Javier Martin killed Don North?

    Do you think Javier Martin killed Jean Pierre Bouhard?

    Don Winner, Email: don@panama-guide.com, Skype: don.winner, US Cell: 845-800-6925, Website: www.panama-guide.com, Twitter: https://twitter.com/Panama_Guide

  • From: ludwig hoffmann [mailto:kapitaen_hoffmann@hotmail.com]
  • Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2014 9:12 AM
  • To: Don Winner
  • Subject: RE: article about me in your webpage panamaguide
  • CANT YOU READ MAN? I HAVE WRITTEN YOU SOME CLEAR THINGS THAT SHOULD ANSWER MOST OF YOU QUESTIONS! YOU ARE PUBLISHING VERY WRONG THINGS ABOUT ME AND TO BE EVEN MORE CLEAR: YOU DO EXACTLY WHAT YOUR FRIEND JAVIER MARTIN DOES: YOU PUBLISH THINGS WITHOUT PERMISSION

    I ASK YOU A LAST TIME TO DELETE EVERYTHING CONCERNING MY PERSON FROM YOUR WEBSITE!

  • From: don@panama-guide.com
  • To: kapitaen_hoffmann@hotmail.com
  • Subject: RE: article about me in your webpage panamaguide
  • Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 10:20:36 -0400

    That’s not the way it works. I asked you some very simple and direct questions. If you don’t want to answer them, then don’t. It’s up to you. I won’t spend any time trying to guess or infer the answers to my questions, based on what you’ve written in your email to me.

    And why do you think I need your permission to publish anything? From what I can tell so far, I’ve got it right. So I would suggest that you calm down, and simply answer the questions I’ve asked. If you don’t want to, then don’t. Again, it’s your decision.

    And for the record, I am going to be publishing every word you write to me in these emails. Right now, you look like you’re just mad because you got caught. Deal with it.

    Don Winner, Email: don@panama-guide.com, Skype: don.winner, US Cell: 845-800-6925, Website: www.panama-guide.com, Twitter: https://twitter.com/Panama_Guide

  • From: ludwig hoffmann [mailto:kapitaen_hoffmann@hotmail.com]
  • Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:30 AM
  • To: Don Winner
  • Subject: RE: article about me in your webpage panamaguide

    WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE: THE HOLY INQUISITION??? YOU ARE VERY MAD AND OFCOURSE I AM NOT WILLING TO ANSWER YOUR INQUISITIONS AS I HAVE TOLD YOU ALLREADY VERY SIMPLE THAT ALL YOU WRITE ABOUT ME IS WRONG AND YOURS OR OTHERS INVENTIONS AND THE ONE WHO SHOULD BE CALM DOWN IS YOU AS YOU SEEM TO BE OBSESSED IN DOING SOMETHING AGAINST ME WITHOUT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT ME...THATS VERY SICK

    AND AGAIN: YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PUBLISH ANYTHING CONCERNING ME NOR THE WORDS I WRITE TO YOU NOR WHAT ANYBODY MIGHT HAVE TOLD YOU ABOUT ME!

  • From: Don Winner [mailto:don@panama-guide.com]
  • Sent: Saturday, May 17, 2014 3:52 PM
  • To: 'ludwig hoffmann'
  • Subject: RE: article about me in your webpage panamaguide

    And again, I’ll publish whatever the hell I want.

    So, the bottom line is this: I asked you a series of direct questions regarding your apparent business relationship with Javier Martin, and you refused to answer my questions. You called me a bunch of names indicating you are angry – like “mad”, the “holy inquisition,” “rude,” and “stupid.”

    You said “everything I wrote about you is wrong.” I wrote that you are the Captain of the Stahlratte – Is that wrong? “Everything” means everything. So, obviously “everything” I wrote about you is not wrong.

    If you are not willing to answer the direct questions I asked you, then fine. I’ll just publish that list of questions – and your refusal to answer them. No problem, leave it at that.

    And for the record – I’m not taking down either of the articles. And, I am going to publish these emails. Bye.

    Don Winner, Email: don@panama-guide.com, Skype: don.winner, US Cell: 845-800-6925, Website: www.panama-guide.com, Twitter: https://twitter.com/Panama_Guide

Not finding any success by screaming at me in email, Ludwig Hoffman then turned his attention to his buddy Javier Martin in prison. Over the weekend Javier Martin has since removed all reference to the "Stahlratte" sailing vessel from his "Hacerse a la Mar" website. In it's place, Javier Martin wrote this gem - in which his stellar intelligence comes shining through. Really, don't miss this one;

    SÁBADO, 17 DE MAYO DE 2014

    WARNING. To the community of sailors and travelers in Colombia and Panama.

    We are sorry but unfortunately we can not openly promote yours sailing trips and charters.

    Two people are bothering using other identities and our e-mail and use the name of the previous administrator of this company: Javier, to creating spam and disturbing.

    They are writing many nautical companies supplanting our identity

    They are also slandering and insulting to the crews of the boats with which we maintain business contacts.

    We apologize on behalf of them.

    However if you want to make a claim to those people who are doing this, you can write directly to them:

    - Donald Kent Winner don@panama-guide.com

    - Mr. Dorsey sailboat name "blind date" sv_blinddate@yahoo.com

    WARNING THESE ARE TWO DANGEROUS PEOPLE : MR. DONALD KENT WINNER AND HIS BOYFRIEND MR. DORSEY :

    Most sailors know that Mr. WINNER are involved in the murder of JEAN PIERRE BOUHARD kidnapping and attempted murder of JAVIER MARTIN.

    Most people know that Mr. WINNER, tucked away in the drug trafficking business, gold and money, using yachts for it.

    But we also know they are dangerous psychopaths, part of a criminal organization.

    Her boyfriend, Mr. DORSEY, with the sailboat "Blind date" now it's located in Cartagena, we assume thats moving their business in that country.

    TRAVELERS WARNING: it is said that these people have links with the two Dutch girls missing in panama and many other missing womens.

    ABOUT MR. JAVIER MARTIN AND HACERSE A LA MAR S.A. :

    We think, like most people who know him personally, that Javier Martin is INNOCENT.

    There is NO evidences against him.

    For more information you can ask us to contact his lawyer.

    We, in case of a guilty verdict , we will be forced to give up part of this magnificent company that he created with the idea that the sailing trips between Panama and Colombia with backpackers, in private yachts, could continue by the future in the same way as the present : sailors residents and sailors passing threw.

    Happy journeys

    Samuel W. & Gabi T. Team of Hacerse a la Mar S.A. Panamá. Panamá.

    -P.s. Picture of DONALD K. WINMER on his boyfriend boat "Sv Blind Date".

    -P.s.s. Please send us pintures of the sail boat "Sv Blind Date" and his/her Mr. DORSEY.

    Hacersealamar@gmail.com

Well, there's one more happy customer. This is absolutely hilarious. In this email - which was obviously written by Javier Martin himself, he starts off by saying that he will no longer be able to run his little scheme from prison: "We are sorry but unfortunately we can not openly promote yours sailing trips and charters." He blames me for "bothering" him, and he accuses me of "creating spam and disturbing." Well, I guess it's natural for him to find by exposing his scheme as "bothering" and "disturbing."

Javier Martin admits to having a "business relationship" with Ludwig Hoffman and the "Stahlratte." He writes: They are also slandering and insulting to the crews of the boats with which we maintain business contacts." The only crew or boat I've written about is Ludwig Hoffman and the "Stahlratte", so by default he has to be the crew and boat "with which" he "maintains business contacts." Gotcha. Sometimes it makes no sense to attempt to spin your way out, when you've gotten caught red handed.

Then Javier Martin goes on to accuse me of being involved in the murder of Jean Pierre Bouhard, the kidnapping and attempted murder of Javier Martin, drug trafficking, gold and money laundering - all using yachts. He calls me a "dangerous psychopath" and "part of a criminal organization." Yup, sure. I'll just add this article on his website Hacerse a la Mar to the relatively long list of crap posted to the Internet about me, by people who are severely pissed off because I've exposed them for what they are.

Finally a personal message to Javier Martin in the La Joya prison, because I feel the chances of him reading this article are about 100% -

  • To: Javier Martin - Enjoy what's left of your miserable life in that hell hole, you worthless piece of shit. Helping the police catch you was one of the highlights of my professional career as an investigative journalist. It took me just four days - from Thursday to Monday - and you were wearing handcuffs. From the family members of your victims, may you rot in hell. I personally hope you suffer in custody, every day. Remember this. You will never see the ocean again. You will never be free again. You will wear a chain like the rabid dog you are until the day you eventually die in prison. I hope you sweat and swelter in the Panamanian heat, in prison. I hope the food sucks, in prison. May the bugs outnumber the rice. I hope you are broke, penniless, without even a single dollar to buy a cigarette, a soda, or a condom to screw the local transvestite. So take your time, develop some disease that will slowly kill you, and suffer - every day, every night, every day, every night, every day, every night. You don't deserve to draw another breath on this earth.

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