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William Dathan Holbert Admits To Murdering Jeff Kline During Questioning

Expat Tales In the morning hours of Tuesday, William Dathan Holbert, known as "Wild Bill", was taken to the Public Ministry for questioning by the Second Superior Prosecutor for the murder of Jeffrey A. Kline, which occurred between 2006 and 2007. (more)

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Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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Two Expats Arrested In Coronado - Possible Ties To Disappearance of Ed Moynan in Panama

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Two members of the community of English speaking expatriates in Panama were arrested on Tuesday, 20 November 2012, at the El Rey supermarket in Coronado, as part of a police sting operation. Detectives from the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) arrested the German citizen Robert Streuder and the Canadian Todd Mayert, in response to a complaint filed by another Canadian expatriate over an alleged dispute related to a commercial property in the area.

According to the allegations, Todd Mayert and the Canadian expatriate (complainant) were partners, and they owned a commercial property 50/50. Robert Streuder reportedly threatened or otherwise tried to coerce the Canadian to sell him his share of the property. Again, according to the complaint, Streuder supposedly was trying to force the Canadian to sell his 50% stake in the property for $20,000 and he made threats of violence if the Canadian refused to comply. Streuder told the Canadian to go to the El Rey supermarket in Coronado and told him to bring all of his papers to seal the deal. Todd Mayert, the partner and owner of the 50% stake in the property, was also present at this meeting. The police set up a "sting" operation, and were there at the scene, observing the meeting between the three men.

When the money and papers were exchanged, a 20 man police team moved in to arrest Streuder and Mayert. They were taken away under heavy custody. That was three days ago, on Tuesday. They both remain in custody today, and are reportedly going to be facing the prosecutor in La Chorrera this afternoon, to make sworn official statements with their lawyers present. At this point, I do not know if they have been officially charged with any crime, but they are clearly under investigation.

It is important to note Todd Mayert was the last person to report seeing the Canadian citizen Ed Moynan before he went missing on 8 November 2012. Not only did Todd Mayert admit to seeing Ed Moynan, he practically bragged about it to other members of the expatriate community in the Coronado area, so he wasn't trying to keep it quiet. In fact I called Mayert and spoke to him about his sighting of Ed Moynan, at the El Rey Supermarket late on the evening of 8 November 2012. Apparently, the detectives of the DIJ suspect Mayert might have had something do to with Moynan's disappearance. That would explain their "energetic" response to the complaint filed by the Canadian expatriate with regards to this land dispute.

Robert Streuder's friends have told me he denies the allegations being made by the Canadian expatriate who filed the complaint against him. Streuder and the Canadian supposedly met and reached a verbal agreement on the purchase of the property the day before, and left that meeting with goodwill and a handshake. He denies having threatened the Canadian or trying to coerce him in any way. And of course, he denies having anything to do with the disappearance of Ed Moynan.

But the fundamental fact remains unchanged. Todd Mayert, the last person to see Ed Moynan in Coronado, has been arrested, and is currently being interrogated by the detectives of the DIJ and the prosecutors of the Public Ministry.

Editor's Comment: Ed Moynan still has not been found. No one knows what actually happened to him on the night of 8 November 2012. The authorities are still investigating his disappearance, and they continue to search for the rental car he was driving, a gray 2012 Kia Rio with license plate number 975349, which has not yet been found. There are rumors (unconfirmed) that the car was found last night "burned out" in Gorgona. I do not believe that to be true, until confirmed, because there have been other false rumors about the rental car before, which turned out to be untrue. The search for Ed Moynan continues.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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'This thing is driving everybody crazy’

Expat Tales Since Nov. 8 Welland’s Keith McClatchie has been worried. On that day long-time acquaintance Ed Moynan went missing from his Panama home. The 68-year-old Ottawa businessman moved to Corondo, Panama two years ago when he retired after running a glass company for more than two decades.

“I went to school with him,” said McClatchie, who two years Moynan’s senior is good friends with the missing man’s older sister.

“I just emailed her today,” said McClatchie, adding, “this thing is driving everybody crazy.”

McClatchie explained Moynan mysteriously disappeared shortly after sending an email from his Panama home. At the time his wife was in Canada. Moynan, and the rental car he was driving, haven’t been seen since.

Police in Panama have since ruled the disappearance suspicious.

“They found his glasses at home, his wallet,” said McClatchie, noting the glasses were broken. He added the family has been actively searching for Moynan, who McClatchie knows as a normal down-to-earth individual.

“They are all worried sick.”

“I’m shocked it hasn’t become a news item here in Canada,” said McClatchie, who has sent correspondence to MP Malcolm Allen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation; and Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs.

“I’ve heard nothing, it just seems nobody is doing anything,” said McClatchie, who hopes the Canadian government will begin to push for a larger investigation.

“To be perfectly blunt it seems like nobody gives a crap,” said McClatchie.

The CBC has since picked up the story and confirmed that Canadian consular officials are assisting the family. A Facebook page, entitled “Find Ed Moynan,” has been established to assist in the search and provide updates.

Editor's Comment: All of Ed's friends in Canada should rest assured that the Panamanian police detectives and prosecutors from the Public Ministry are doing everything they can to investigate this case. It's hard being so far away and not knowing every little detail of what's happening on the ground in Panama, which is understandable.

The Panamanian authorities were first alerted to Ed's disappearance on 10 November 2012 and at that point in time they handled it as a straight missing person's case, for just four days. On Tuesday, 13 November 2012 they increased their emphasis on the case and assigned more assets and resources in response to additional information provided by Ed's friends and relatives. Now "the system" is doing what it can to search for him, and to figure out what happened.

If had any concern or indication they were not doing all they could, I would be the first one to address those shortfalls, to draw attention to the deficits and lobby for more help. But the unfortunate reality is there's only so much they can do, and sometimes these things take time.

I guess the bottom line is that beating up on the local police authorities won't help or do any good, especially considering that they are, in fact, doing all they can.

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Longtime Ottawa man missing in Panama

Expat Tales By Zev Singer and Shaamini Yogaretnam for the Ottowa Citizen - OTTAWA — Panamanian police suspect foul play in the disappearance of a longtime Ottawa resident now living in Panama.

Ed Moynan, 68, owned Centennial Glass in Ottawa for more than two decades before retiring about two years ago and moving to the Central American country with his wife, Louise.

Moynan’s son, Alex, said Wednesday night that his father had not been seen since Thursday, Nov. 8.

However, Louise Moynan was visiting Ottawa at the time, which is why it took longer for the disappearance to be noticed.

“They didn’t actually realize at first that anything was wrong,” Alex Moynan said.

Later, clues were noticed at the house.

“There were a few things out of place. There were a few things missing, furniture out of place,” he said.

Most notable were Ed Moynan’s broken glasses.

Alex Moynan said his mother flew back to Panama on Monday. On Tuesday, he said, the case was upgraded from a missing-person file to a criminal investigation.

“It appears that things are really being stepped up now,” he said, adding that the family was “staying optimistic.”

A Facebook page, Find Ed Moynan, was created on Monday. More than one person has posted using the page’s account, including Moynan’s sister, Ruth Alchemy, who lives in Decameron, Panama. The page, liked by 180 people, has been used to co-ordinate volunteer efforts to search around the locations where Moynan was last seen and to update others on the progress of the search for the missing man. The page was also full of prayers and well-wishes from Moynan’s friends in Canada hoping for his safe return.

On Wednesday evening, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade confirmed that the department has been in contact with a family, but would not name them.

“Canadian officials are providing consular assistance to a family of a Canadian citizen who has been reported missing in Panama,” said Chrystiane Roy.

“Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information,” she said.

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Evidence of Foul Play Emerging In Disappearance of Ed Moynan from Coronado, Panama

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - What originally appeared to be an inexplicable disappearance is now developing into something possibly more sinister. Ed Moynan, a Canadian citizen who is 68 years old and a resident of Coronado in the Republic of Panama, has been missing since Thursday, 8 November 2012.

Timeline: It is known that Ed sent an email to a friend at 11:18 pm on Thursday evening. Ed always uses his laptop computer to send email from his house. His cell phone does not have the capability to send email, or if it does Ed doesn't know how to use that functionality. Therefore, it is presumed Ed was at home and using his laptop computer at 11:18 pm on Thursday evening.

Seen By A Witness: Another friend saw Ed at the El Rey supermarket in Coronado "at about 11:00 pm or so" be he wasn't really sure as to the exact time. It is presumed this sighting actually occurred at approximately 11:30 pm or thereabouts. It only takes a few minutes to drive from Ed's house to the El Rey supermarket, so he could have sent the email at 11:18 and then headed out. This witness says Ed was standing in the front part of the El Rey supermarket, "near the pharmacy," that he seemed happy, and nothing appeared to be wrong or out of place. He said it seemed like Ed "might have been waiting for someone" or something like that. And, he didn't see that Ed had made any purchases, or at the very least he didn't notice any bags of groceries or the like.

Just Gone: At 11:45 pm Ed called a friend of his on his cellphone. The friend was asleep at the time and didn't notice the missed call until the following morning. After that, Ed disappeared. His cell phone goes straight to voice mail as if it's been turned off or the battery is dead. There has been no activity on his bank cards. Several things seemed to indicate Ed was not planning to be gone from the house for long. The air conditioner in the master bedroom was left running. It was his habit to turn the air conditioner on a few minutes before going to bed in order to cool the room down. Lights were left on. The door was left physically closed, but not locked. Ed's wallet and wristwatch were sitting on a table in plain view. His laptop computer was there. Everything appeared to indicate Ed had intended to step out for a moment to go to the store, and return immediately to his house. Friends, neighbors, and a gardener became concerned the he wasn't there he next morning.

$1,500 In Cash: A few days earlier, a neighbor had asked Ed to use his credit card to purchase some plane tickets for him. The neighbor had the money but he didn't have a credit card, and he wanted to make the purchase online. Ed made the purchase using his card, gave the tickets to the neighbor, and the neighbor paid him $1,500 in cash - on the very day Ed disappeared. This is another new element of information which might be relevant, or somehow related to his disappearance. Maybe someone saw him with a wad of cash?

Missing Person Report Filed: Ed's sister Ruth filed a missing person complaint with the DIJ in Chame on Saturday, 10 November 2012, in the afternoon. A couple of detectives went to Ed's house, looked around, and left.

Signs Of Foul Play: Ed's wife Louise was on a trip to Canada, and she returned to Panama yesterday when she learned that Ed went missing. Upon her arrival, she immediately spotted several things that were unusual and out of place in the house, probably indicating some sort of struggle. Furniture was damaged or out of place. There were several items in the house that should not have been there. Important documents were missing. Part of Ed's glasses were there, broken. I'm not going to divulge the details in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, but suffice it to say the authorities are no longer treating this as a simple missing person's case. Something bad or violent apparently happened in the house that night. And these were details that would only have been apparent to someone who was intimately familiar with the house and its contents.

The Dance With Bureaucracy: Louise and Ruth are now working within the system, providing these new details to the Panamanian authorities in an official and formal manner, so they can be included in the investigation case file and acted upon. I invited them to come to Panama City this morning, to take them to the headquarters of the DIJ, and to meet with officials from the office of the Auxiliary Prosecutor. This is about the fifth or sixth time I've been around this same flagpole under very similar circumstances. The most important (critical) step is to elevate the visibility of this case - to "sound the alarm" as it were - to make sure its getting the attention and resources it deserves. Anyway, now the authorities are being made aware of these new developments, and hopefully the case will be investigated accordingly. They should start by sending a forensics team to Ed's house to dust for prints, check for trace evidence, do Luminol testing, etc.

The Focus Remains - Find Ed And The Rental Car: Remember Ed had dropped off his vehicle at the repair shop for maintenance. He rented a grey 2012 Kia Rio with license plate number 975349 to drive while his car was in the shop. So far this car has not been found. So if you would like to help, please keep an eye out for the rental vehicle. If you have any information related to this case please contact the DIJ in Chame at 240-6061, or Ed's sister Ruth at cell phone 6713-7215.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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Canadian Expat Ed Moynan Missing From Coronado Area Since Last Thursday Night

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - A member of the English speaking community of expatriates has mysteriously gone missing. Ed Moynan left his home on Thursday night last week, and had apparently disappeared. His friends, relatives, and neighbors are very concerned and have started searching for him. An official missing persons complaint has been filed with the Direction of Judicial Information (DIJ) of the National Police in Panama. People who know Ed say this "isn't like him" and they are very concerned.

Ed Moynan is 6’ 2” tall and he weighs 175 pounds. He is light skinned, has blonde hair, and wears glasses. He is a Canadian citizen. This date of birth is 16 June 1944 so he is 68 years old. On the day he went missing, he took his car to a mechanic in Panama City and dropped it off to have some repairs and maintenance work done. He rented a car in Panama City - a gray 2012 Kia Rio with licence plate number 975349 - which he had rented from the "Econo Alquiler" company to drive while his car was in the shop. This is the car he was driving at the time he disappeared. Ed returned to his home in Coronado in the rented Kia Rio on Thursday, 8 November 2012.

When Ed left his house in Coronado he apparently was not planning on being gone for a long time. He left his wallet at home - as was his custom. It was normal for him to go out with just some cash in his pocket, personal identification, a bank card, and his keys. He left the door to his house open and other personal items laying out. His laptop computer, wrist watch, and wallet were all laying out in plain sight, and nothing has been stolen. All indications are Ed intended to be gone for just a short time, and to return home almost immediately. There has been no activity on his bank cards - charges or withdrawals. When called, his cell phone goes straight to voice mail, as if the battery has run out or if the phone is turned off. There is nothing missing from his house, and there are no outward or obvious indications of foul play, other than the obvious fact that Ed is strangely missing.

Ed's friends and family members have already checked with the local hospitals and the National Police to see if he was involved in some sort of an accident, with negative results. And, a formal or official missing persons complaint has been filed with the DIJ. If you have seen Ed Moynan, or if you see him, the car he was driving, or if you have any information related to his disappearance you can contact the National Police of Panama, the DIJ at 240-6061, or Ed's sister Ruth at cell phone 6713-7215. Please help to spread the word by posting a link to this article and others about Ed's disappearance on your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Thank you very much.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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Frank Fuernkranz - 73 Year Old Canadian Man - Missing in Bocas del Toro

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Frank Fuernkranz, a 73 year old Canadian Citizen, has been missing on Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro since the morning of Tuesday, 30 October 2012. He left his hotel room at approximately 8:30 am to go for his daily morning walk, and never returned. Later that evening a family friend reported him as missing the the local Panamanian authorities. Frank was very active with no known health issues. The picture of Frank was taken the day before he disappeared.

Panama's National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) has been leading the search effort. They have been working in conjunction with the National Police, the Department of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), friends, family members, and volunteers to search for Frank. I spoke with my contacts in the DIJ on Isla Colon, and at this point they have no indications of foul play. The SINAPROC will be continuing their search efforts today and tomorrow.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Frank Fuernkranz is urged to call the tip-line 757-9217 on Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro, 758-8241 in Changuinola, 758-3721 in Almirante, or 756-9471 in Chiriqui Grande. And as usual, if you don't want to talk to cops or feds you can always contact me confidentially at don@panama-guide.com or Panama cell phone 6614-0451.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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William Dathan "Wild Bill" Holbert Transferred To Changuinola in Bocas del Toro To Testify

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The confessed serial killer William Dathan "Wild Bill" Holbert was transferred from his prison cell located in the city of David, in the province of Chiriqui, to the new public prison in Changuinola in the province of Bocas del Toro yesterday. The Second Superior Prosecutor Roberto de Arco in Changuinola summoned Holbert to be questioned as part of their investigations into the murders of five people. According to a report appearing in the Dia a Dia newspaper today, Holbert's attorney Claudia Álvarez de Sotto said "the Second Superior Prosecutor has called my client to participate in a judicial proceeding, over a complaint about an alleged death threat made by telephone from jail, to the husband of Cheryl Lynn Hughes, Mr. Keith Martin Werley." Ismael Flores, director of the prison, said Holbert did not resist his transfer to Bocas del Toro.

No Interpreter Available: According to a report today in the La Prensa newspaper, the authorities were obligated to return Holbert to the jail in David because there was no interpreter available in Changuinola. The authorities in Bocas del Toro explained the interpreter they had on staff died, and they have not yet hired a replacement. In the Panamanian judicial system having a qualified interpreter available for any judicial proceeding is a legal requirement, even though Holbert probably speaks enough Spanish to make himself understood, and to understand what's being said or written.

Moving To Bocas del Toro: Panama has recently moved one of their Superior Prosecutors - Roberto De Arco - from David to Changuinola, as part of their efforts to upgrade and improve the legal and justice system in the province. Prior to this move, any major crime that could not be handled by the lower level local authorities had to be dealt with in the larger regional center of David, in the province of Chiriqui. This is why William Dathan Holbert has been held in the David Jail since his arrest in July 2010 - the Superior Prosecutors in David were responsible for handling the cases against him. Now that the Public Ministry has opened these new offices in Changuinola and stationed one of their Superior Prosecutors in the heart of the province of Bocas del Toro, Roberto de Arco will eventually want to have all of the prisoners who are still being held in the jail in David, those who are related to the investigations and case files sitting on his desk, transferred to the public prison in Changuinola to be nearer to his offices. The administration of Ricardo Martinelli built a new prison in Changuinola which opened in 2011. All of these changes are part of an ongoing effort to upgrade and modernize the Panamanian justice system.

Eventual Transfer To Changuinola: Sooner or later the Panamanian authorities will probably transfer Holbert to the public prison in Changuinola permanently. As illustrated by this situation today, any time he wants to talk to or interrogate Holbert, they have to go through the process of transferring him all the way from David. Now of course they will go out and hire a replacement interpreter for the guy who died so they can proceed with this series of questioning, as well as any others that might be required in the future. Holbert has already confessed to having murdered five people in Bocas del Toro - including two women and one child - so he will probably die in his cell in Changuinola, eventually.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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An Update On The "Hillbilly Bandit" - Busted in Nicaragua

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I received the following this afternoon via email: "Subject: Hillbilly Bandit. He has struck again in Granada Nicaragua. This morning he left the room he was renting at the Margarita's bar with the owners computer and a few other items with a large bar bill and housing bill. He was arrested at the El Salvador border and will be returned to Granada in a few days. Looking forward to seeing him back in town. MT."

I Just Spoke To Bob Moore: Bob is the owner of Margarita's Bar & Grill in Granada, Nicaragua. Michael Sanders, a.k.a. the "Hillbilly Bandit", rented one of Bob's three rooms on 25 September 2012. When Sanders left at 5:00 am, he stole the computer that belonged to Bob's wife. Sanders had paid some of the rent he owed to Bob, but he had an outstanding bill for 12 days of rent, a bar tab, and other charges. The total owed to Bob is $705. When they realized that Sanders had split and wasn't coming back they did a search on the Internet and they instantly saw my previous reporting on the "Hillbilly Bandit." One of Bob's friends is a Nicaraguan who "knew who to talk to" in the Nicaraguan government. They filed the reports with the name and passport number of Michael Sanders and got the arrest warrant into the system, coordinated through Interpol. Sanders had managed to escape Nicaragua and make it into Honduras. He was arrested by Honduran authorities as he was attempting to cross the border between Honduras and El Salvador. He will now be extradited back into Nicaragua to face the charges pending against him. Supposedly (rumor) there are other larger fish he's also ripped off, and they are aware that he will be returning, so they are also filing their complaints against him.

Editor's Comment: Anyway, that guy has now apparently worn out his welcome in Panama, and now he's in the process of wearing out his welcome in Nicaragua. Known as the "Hillbilly Bandit" here in Panama, his real name is Michael Sanders - just one more name on a long list of scam artists who have skipped through Panama on their way to smaller and lesser things. Some people resign themselves to a life of failure and disgrace. So now this idiot will be spending more time in a third world jail. Eventually he will be released, because you can't put someone in jail for years for stiffing a bar owner for $705. He will then move on to greener pastures. He always looks for a community of English speaking expatriates to milk. So, he will be out of commission for awhile, but sooner or later he will surface again, somewhere else. This won't be the last article I write about the "Hillbilly Bandit."

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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Panama drops money laundering case against 2 charter pilots, lets them return home to Houston

Expat TalesHOUSTON — Two Texas pilots who were arrested in Panama on suspicion of money laundering headed home for good Wednesday after authorities decided there is no case against them, their employer said.

Carl Moody and Kenneth Chonoski were arrested after landing in Panama in May last year. Inspectors said they found $2.3 million in the bags of one of their passengers, a Honduran traveler. The pilots were never charged with any crime.

American Jet International spokesman Bruce Hicks said a judge in Panama City dismissed the case against the pilots last Thursday and that a prosecutor determined they are innocent.

“These were two guys just doing their job (and) got caught up with something,” Hicks said. “They have lost 18 months of their lives in the process.”

The two are expected to land in Houston early Wednesday afternoon, Hicks said.

After initially imprisoning the pilots, Panama authorities freed them but ordered that they remain in the country pending an investigation. They were allowed to return to the U.S. twice to renew their pilot’s licenses.

“They were allowed to leave Panama on their word that they would return, and they did,” Hicks said. “These are two solid, stand-up guys who got caught up in somebody else’s problem.”

Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the pilots’ plight at a congressional hearing earlier this year, denying claims they were part of a U.S. undercover operation.

Moody, who had been with American Jet International only a month before his arrest, has missed much while away, including his son graduating from Army Ranger school and being deployed to Afghanistan. Chonoski, who had been with the company seven years, had to postpone his wedding.

American Jet International has been paying salaries, legal costs, housing and other expenses for the two men during the ordeal.

Editor's Comment: I've been in direct contact with Kenny and Carl for the past couple of months. They granted me an exclusive interview last Saturday in their hotel room, after the judge dismissed the charges against them, but before they left Panama. I agreed to wait until they were on the ground in Texas before publishing anything. As a matter of fact Kenny called me this morning from the plane after they had boarded, just to let me know everything was looking good, and they were about to take off. The most important thing is that their names have been cleared, and they are now back in Texas with their families.

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One Last Email From Francisco Armani's Exploits in France (Hot Checks)

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This morning I received another email from the shop owner in France who was ripped off by Francisco Armani. She writes; "I waited some time for a reply, hoping to hear. Unfortunately I have no new information. The checks were returned to me. I presented them to the bank but they are worthless. Armani now is prohibited from banking in France. In France, it is unfortunate but it takes murder to achieve something. Francisco Armani only goes after honest people! If he had been an Arab racist then all of France would have known. But stealing from a business person is not considered to be a serious crime. I think you understand that I think it is dire. It is lamentable. I am disgusted by the justice system in France. I will continue to hunt this man, and I will help you always. Now you can publish everything I sent you on Francisco Armani. Thank you for what you do. Véronique."

Editor's Comment: At last report Francisco Armani has made it as far as Serbia - I was contacted by the owners of a hostel who had done a Google search on his name. Once they read my articles they insisted he pay them in cash. Véronique is a pissed off French business woman who Armani ripped off by writing unfunded checks back in August. She spent a few months trying to get the French authorities to do something, but by the time they got their act together Francisco Armani had moved on to greener pastures. I expect he will continue to leave a path of petty crime in his wake, and that over time it will get harder and harder for him to rip anyone off - because when you Google his name you get all of these articles in return. So there you go asshole. I will continue to publish these articles about this scumbag until he eventually ends up in prison. Sooner or later...

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Copyright 2012 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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Disappearance of US Embassy contractor and family

Expat TalesWe can confirm that a contract employee working at the US Embassy and family are currently unaccounted for. At this time, there is no indication of foul play or that any harm has come to the family. The U.S. Embassy is working closely with the Panamanian National Police on the matter. (US Embassy Panama Press Release)
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Panamanian Authorities Searching For Missing CDC Doctor and His Family

Expat TalesPanamanian authorities investigating the disappearance of a Cuban couple and their two children, linked to the U.S. Embassy in Panama, reported an official source.

The investigations are being conducted by the Public Ministry together with the Judicial Investigation Department (DIJ) of the National Police since last week, when the family's disappearance was reported to the authorities, the police source said, without giving further details.

Meanwhile, local media reported on Wednesday that the Auxiliary Prosecutor Dimas Guevara is leading the investigation.

The disappearance of Nivaldo Linares Pérez, 47, his wife Saily Álvarez Díaz, 45, and their two minor children was also confirmed by the U.S. Embassy in a statement.

"We can confirm that a contractor working at the U.S. Embassy is now missing with his family," the embassy said in its brief statement, which pointed out that currently there is "no evidence of any criminal act or damage to the family. "

The authorities have not informed about the progress of the investigation, which according to local media is null.

According to data from the local press, Linares is an epidemiologist who works for the Center for Disease Control of the United States, in an office attached to the Embassy of the United States, and recently was installed in Panama along with his family.

His wife, according to the same news sources, is a nephrologist, and the children of the couple, identified as Alvaro and Adrian, 16 and 9 years, respectively, are studying in a private school in Panama City.

The newspaper La Estrella de Panama has reported that the family left Cuba in 2003, and it was a minor who they had invited to stay at their house, who reported them missing nine days ago, after the family had left the house to go shopping in a mall. (Telemetro)

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Helping 'poco a poco' in Panama

Expat Tales By John Kubal, The Brookings Register - BROOKINGS – "Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country."

Those words were uttered by President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961. Less than two months later, on March 1, he signed the executive order that gave birth to the Peace Corps.

Today more than a half century later, America's young men and women Peace Corps volunteers continue to do for their country – by doing for other underdeveloped countries around the world and showing the peace-filled goodness, caring and dedicated assistance of the United States.

One of those volunteers is Douglas Martin, 26, of Brookings. He's serving with the Peace Corps in Panama. Martin moved to Brookings with his parents, Dan and Margaret Martin, in 2001. He graduated from Brookings High School in 2004, and he went on to South Dakota State University, where he graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in global studies and political science.

"Kind of keeping busy following graduation," Martin worked at several jobs while his application for the Peace Corps – what he called a "notoriously long process" – was under way. In his instance, "it took a little over a year."

In his application, he indicated that for assignment he was "open to all areas geographically." He added that the skills and background of Peace Corps applicants are key areas for consideration when assignments are made. Martin had taken Spanish classes at SDSU and also participated in an exchange program that took him to Argentina.

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Flag Football Coach (US Citizen) Accused of Statutory Rape Was Not A School Employee

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Luis Carlos "Luiggi" Donahoue Ortiz, who was arrested in Panama City on 1 October 2012 and charged with the statutory rape of a 13 year old girl who was a player on the team he was coaching, was not an employee of the Las Esclavas private school located on the former Fort Clayton in Panama City, near the Embassy of the United States. The Flag Football team is loosely associated with the school, in that all or most of the team's players are students at the school. The flag football team would sometimes hold practices on the school's property. The team was commonly known as the "flag football team from the Las Esclavas school." However, this was an unofficial extracurricular activity. The team was mostly organized by volunteers who are parents of the students who attend the school. Luis Carlos "Luiggi" Donahoue Ortiz is not, nor has he ever been, and employee of the Las Esclavas school. As such the Las Esclavas school as a private company or legal entity has an obvious degree of separation from these events. (more)

Related Article: 40 Year Old Flag Football Coach (US Citizen) Arrested For Statutory Rape Of 13 Year Old Girl

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Francisco Armani in Serbia - Now He's A Special Forces Soldier

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - God Bless the power of the Internet. Today I received another email on the trail of Francisco Armani: "Ran into Francisco Armani in Belgrade, Serbia a little over a month ago, the week of 27 August 2012. He was wondering the Balkans, said he was a former special forces soldier. Thought he was a little off right from the beginning. The folks who ran the hostel in which i was staying showed me the information you posted. They were concerned about him, and looks like they were right to be. He paid in cash, so at least he didn't scam them."

Editor's Comment: Wandering around. Staying at hostels. Telling lies about his past. Now any former Special Forces solider has a right to kick his ass on the spot, for stolen honor. Yup, that's Armani. I had taken down the two articles about his exploits in the South of France because supposedly the person who sent me the information was coordinating with the French Police to get him arrested. Anyway, as of three weeks ago he was at a hostel in Serbia. People keep seeing him, doing a Google search on his name, finding these articles, and sending me updates. So people are seeing him coming and that's a good thing.

Copyright 2012 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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Canadian Retiree Found Dead in David, Chiriqui, Panama

Expat TalesThe lifeless body of a retired 70 year old Canadian man was found this Wednesday, 3 October 2012, in an apartment in the city of David, Chiriqui. Managers of the apartment complex notified police about this finding. A judicial source confirmed that the deceased was Jamil Rashad today, with Canadian passport number 479984952. Neighbors reported that they had not seen him for eight days. Officials of the Public Ministry and the Institute of Legal Medicine proceeded to remove the body. Meanwhile, the authorities launched investigations into this case. (Prensa)
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Two Foreigners Accused Of Operating Prostitution Ring Acquitted

Expat TalesCharges against the American Anthony James "Tony" Galeota and the Israeli Alon Bar, who were accused as the alleged ringleaders of a ring of prostitution and drug sales in three bars in Bella Vista in Panama City, were provisionally dismissed by the Fifth Criminal Court, according to judicial sources. According to the sources, the preliminary hearing for this case was originally scheduled to be held on 11 September 2012, but was suspended because the translator did not come to court. Faced with this situation, the court rescheduled the trial for 20 September 2012 (today), but the special deputy judge Javier Antonio Rodriguez issued the dismissal six days ago. The court set an edict on Tuesday to notify the parties, and to report that the alternate date for the hearing will remain without affect. The investigation was conducted by Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime, during which they allegedly discovered some 68 foreign prostitutes who were working in bars in Bella Vista. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Anthony James "Tony" Galeota has been sitting in La Joya since early June 2011. If you will remember, this bust went down on exactly the same day that the former Director of Immigration Maria Cristina Gonzalez was fired for allegations of corruption. The very first thing that happened under the new Director of Immigration was this bust - I mean the two events occurred almost simultaneously. The initial reports were clear - police detectives found some of the prostitutes and people who either at or in the bar were selling drugs, and everyone was arrested, including the American Anthony James Galeota who was the manager of one of the nightclubs. Three bars were shut down - the Moulin Rouge, Doll House, and Habano's. The first two are still closed, and Habano's reopened almost immediately. All of my sources indicated everyone "knew" that Anthony James "Tony" Galeota was not actually involved in the drug trafficking from the very first day. Apparently they just held him in prison for "investigation" for one year and three months, then one day they just decided to drop the charges. I don't know if he's been turned loose.

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  • Moulin Rouge, Doll House, and Habano's Closed Due To Drug Sales - 23 June 2011

  • They Were Obligated To Prostitute Themselves And Sell Drugs - 18 July 2011
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    Stand up for Kids founder accused of sexually assaulting a child in Aurora

    Expat Tales By Ryan Parker - The Denver Post - Aurora police have arrested Richard Lee Koca, Sr., the founder of Stand up for Kids, for allegedly sexually assaulting a child he was supervising in Aurora. Koca, 69, currently serves on the board of directors for the organization, police said.

    Aurora police began their investigation into Koca on Aug. 29 and identified a single juvenile victim; however, due to Koca's extensive contact over the past several decades with minors through his work with several non-profits primarily serving children, there may be other victims, police said.

    Stand up for Kids is a national non-profit volunteer outreach organization for at-risk homeless youth, which Koca founded in 1990, according to the group's website.

    Koca is a retired naval officer who spent 30 years in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in and visited various locations around the U.S. and world, including Panama, police said.

    It was reported to investigators that during his time in Panama, Koca was the Scout Master for a Boy Scouts of America program and during his time in England, he volunteered at an orphanage that has yet to be identified, police said.

    Koca was also involved in Explorer scout programs in San Diego, police said.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimes Against Children Unit Detective Robert Friel at 303-739-6185.

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    Maine woman seeks donations of eyeglasses for Kuna people of Panama

    Expat TalesBy Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff - BAR HARBOR — Megan Leavitt, 29, is a self-described nomad. "I’ve been traveling for the last 12 years,” she said. Her travels have taken her from Glenburn, where she grew up; to Santa Cruz and the University of California where she earned a degree, on full scholarship, in Latin American and Latino studies; to Haiti; Mexico; Central America; and South America. But the place that has captured her heart is the land of the indigenous Kuna people of Kuna Yala that encompasses the San Blas Islands of Panama. “There aren’t a lot of roads in San Blas, and only a few air strips. A boat is the best way to get there,” she said.

    This summer, Leavitt, a jewelry maker, is in Bar Harbor working as a waitress and planning her next trip to San Blas, which will begin in late October. And if all goes according to plan she will be carrying eyeglasses to the islands. She is requesting donations of reading glasses that she will take to the Kuna people.

    “The Kuna women sew beautiful molas,” Leavitt said. Molas are made of layers of cloth, each layer having intricate designs cut into it to reveal the one below. The raw edges are turned under and stitched in place by hand. At a certain age, when eyesight is not as youthful as it once was, the women have to give up sewing. But with eyeglasses, they can continue to sew and make molas. This is important because the women make molas as part of the clothing they wear, and to sell, Leavitt said.

    “These are people who fish for a living, using canoes hand dug from a tree. They also farm. They live in dwellings constructed of cane with thatched roofs,” Leavitt said. “When I talk with them the only thing they ever ask for is eyeglasses, snorkel masks to help with fishing, flour, sugar and magazines.”

    Leavitt will travel with boat owner Patrick Reilly, 39, who grew up on Mount Desert Island. Reilly is spending the summer in Belfast as captain of the Amity, a Friendship sloop that takes passengers on excursions in Penobscot Bay.

    “I’m from a boating family and have worked on boats most of my life,” he said. When he was a child he went with his family on a cruise to the Caribbean where he met an Australian family that lived on a boat and sailed the world.

    “That’s how I discovered what I wanted to do when I grew up,” he said.

    Reilly said his 48-foot boat, Maggie, is moored near San Blas. He and Leavitt will fly to Panama, then sail to Kuna villages to deliver the reading glasses.

    It won’t be Reilly’s first seafaring mission for a good cause. In 2008 he sailed to Haiti to deliver goat fencing and construction materials after a devastating earthquake and hurricanes struck the island. The trip was funded, he said, through donations.

    “I was impressed by how many of my friends and others held fundraisers to raise money for that trip,” he said.

    Reilly, like Leavitt, loves to travel, but he also loves Maine.

    “It’s Maine in the summer, the rest of the world in winter,” he said. “I see opportunities to help out along the way, so why not?”

    To donate reading glasses, mail them to: Discover our Planet, 34 Court St., Belfast 04915. For information, visit Reilly’s website at discoverourplanet.com or email Leavitt at leavitt.megan@gmail.com.

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    U.S. Vice Consul visits David and Boquete on 11 and 12 September 2012

    Expat TalesAttention U.S. citizens. U.S. Vice Consul visits David and Boquete, Chiriqui On Tuesday September 11 and Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Itinerary (David): Hotel Nacional 2:00 p.m .– 5:00 p.m. – Consular Services (see list of services below). Itinerary (Boquete): The Panamonte Inn. 08:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.– Consular Services (see list of services below)

    An American Consul from the United States will visit David and Boquete, Chiriqui to provide the following consular services to American citizens in the area:

    • 1. Applications for U.S. passports.
    • 2. Notarizations.
    • 3. Registrations.
    • 4. Voting registrations.
    • 5. Applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA): for this service, only the child’s passport application, fee, and child’s photo will be accepted. A later appointment to submit the complete documentation in the Consular Section in Panama City should be scheduled by US Citizen parent transmitting the citizenship to the child.

    No visa services will be provided. Services will be provided on first come - first serve basis.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please bring photocopies of all documents to be submitted. Please bring the exact cash amount to pay for the service. Please bring the completed form. Please access the following link for information on fees, and forms you need to download, complete and bring: http://panama.usembassy.gov/service.html

    Thank you!

    (US Embassy Panama Press Release)

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    US Ambassador Town Hall Meeting in Bocas del Toro - 13 September 2012

    Expat TalesAttention U.S. citizens - U.S. Ambassador Farrar visits Bocas del Toro On Thursday, September 13, 2012. Itinerary (Both at Hotel Angela): 09:00 a.m. – Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Ambassador Farrar and U.S. citizens in Bocas del Toro. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.– Consular Services (see list of services below). The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that Ambassador Farrar will hold a Town Hall meeting for American citizens in Bocas del Toro on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hotel Angela.

    An American Consul from the United States will also visit Bocas del Toro on that day to provide consular services to American citizens in the area during the following schedule: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - Bocas del Toro, Hotel Angela from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p. m.

    • 1. Applications for U.S. passports.
    • 2. Notarizations.
    • 3. Registrations.
    • 4. Voting registrations.
    • 5. Applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA): for this service, only the child’s passport application, fee, and child’s photo will be accepted. A later appointment to submit the complete documentation in the Consular Section in Panama City should be scheduled by US Citizen parent transmitting the citizenship to the child.

    No visa services will be provided. Services will be provided on first come - first serve basis.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please bring photocopies of all documents to be submitted. Please bring the exact cash amount to pay for the service. Please bring the completed form. Please access the following link for information on fees, and forms you need to download, complete and bring: http://panama.usembassy.gov/service.html. Thank you.

    (US Embassy Press Release)

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    American Busted At Tocumen With $37K in Undeclared Cash

    Expat TalesPanamanian Customs authorities seized this Tuesday, 4 September 2012, $37,480 from an American citizen who failed to declare the cash when entering the country from Los Angeles, California, said an official source.

    Customs inspectors stationed at the Tocumen International Airport noticed the irregularity when the foreigner, who they did not identify, said he was not bringing more than $10,000 dollars in cash, according to a statement from the National Customs Authority (ANA).

    When the foreigner sent his luggage through the scanner, Customs agents suspected something irregular, so they made a second inspection and found the undeclared money, said the source.

    According to legal procedures, the American will be investigated to delineate his responsibility, the report said.

    The foreigner violated customs laws that require any person entering the country to declare to the ANA when they are carrying more than $10,000 dollars in cash or securities, which is grounds for confiscation and sanctions.

    Those persons found to be carrying undeclared cash are given $500 dollars for personal expenses, pending the investigation of the origin of money they carried.

    With this most recent seizure, so far this year the ANA has seized a total of $2.3 million dollars in undeclared cash, said Customs. (Prensa)

    Editor's Comment: This person probably won't get the money back. Now the FBI, IRS, and every three letter organization that ends in "Agency" will be looking at this dude hard. They hand you $500 bucks, take a statement, and send you on your way while they open an official investigation for suspected money laundering. The drug traffickers hire mules to haul cash on airplanes. In Panama the drugs go North and the cash comes South. Welcome to Panama. It should be noted it is NOT illegal to bring more than $10,000 in cash with you, as long as you declare it to Customs upon arrival. If you sell a house in the States (for example) and bring a huge wad of cash with you - then good for you. You can only get yourself in trouble if you don't declare the money. Like this guy.

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    Nick Tuffney Responds To Allegations Of Sexual Assault Of Young Girls In The Darien

    Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Yesterday channel 2 TVN interviewed the British expatriate Nick Tuffney, who has been accused of sexually assaulting children at the premises of his British American Foundation in the Darien. According to Tuffney, the accusations against him are being made by family members related to his former spouse, a Panamanian woman with whom he is locked in a legal battle over custody and child support payments for their 9 year old son. Tuffney says the accusations are groundless, and are nothing more than an attempt to smear his name, to create leverage in the child support and custody cases. In fact, before the channel 2 TVN news story aired this week about the accusations being made by mothers of girls in the Darien over allegations of rape and sexual abuse, Tuffney contacted me directly about two weeks ago, to complain about his treatment in the Panamanian courts over his legal battles with his former spouse. (more)
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    Find Nicholas Tuffney - Wanted For Raping Children in the Darien

    Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This afternoon channel 2 TVN in Panama aired a report about accusations that have been made against a British citizen named Nicholas "Nick" Tuffney. He runs an outfit called the British American Foundation that's supposed to be some sort of an NGO. However now it appears it was nothing more than a front for a pedophile.

    The parents of several young girls have filed complaints against Tuffney because he sexually abused them. One young girl came forward and said she had sex with Tuffney five times. Another eight year old girl said Tuffney had them masturbate him to orgasm, and them he told them to drink his semen because it would help make their teeth white.

    I was just notified of all this crap - and right now the emphasis is on finding Nicholas Tuffney. If you know where he is right now, please immediately notify the Department of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) in Panama. If you don't know how to do that, notify the British embassy, or tell me where this dirtbag is, ASAP.

    This kind of shit turns my stomach. Help me hunt this bastard down. He's giving all expats in Panama a bad name. Yeah, I know, innocent until proven guilty and all that stuff. There was enough forensic evidence in his "foundation" to hang him. The story is breaking now. Find him, before he gets away.

    Copyright 2012 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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    My Experience Living in Panama for 4 years

    Expat TalesBy RAY VAHAB for Panama-Guide.com - I was completely surprised when I found out that Panama was named the #1 Place To Go in 2012 by the New York Times’ travel writers! This may be shocking to you as well but since I’ve been living in Panama for the past 4 years, I don’t understand why Panama deserves to be the number # 1 destination in the whole world. To begin with, I would agree with the writers since safety and security in Panama is a given and Panamanians and likewise foreigners could enjoy living in Panama without fear of getting kidnapped for money as other Latin America countries. I must tell you that just about anywhere in the day time you can go and feel safe about your being. I must tell you that prior to moving and living in Panama, I lived in Costa Rica and there I never felt I was safe and always felt someone may rob me ( in fact I was robbed a few times and my car was also broken into at night by my apartment). Fortunately in Panama , there is no petty larceny and I always feel I am safe and the proof is nothing was stolen from me or never felt threatened by anyone. (more)
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    Looking For More Of William Dathan Holbert's Victims in Jaco, Costa Rica

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    William Dathan Holbert - Confessed Serial Killer - Prisoner in David, Panama
    William Dathan Holbert - Confessed Serial Killer - Prisoner in David, Panama
    By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I got back yesterday from a quick trip to Jaco, Costa Rica. The reason for the trip was to find the house rented by William Dathan Holbert, alias "Wild Bill", and his accomplice Laura Michelle Reese in April of 2007. I've known for a long time Holbert killed at least three people while staying at that house, and I wanted to start working towards finding closure for those as yet unidentified victims and their families. Since their arrest in the summer of 2010 two years ago, Holbert has confessed to killing six people - five in Panama and one in Costa Rica (Jeff Kline).

    Holbert only confessed to having murdered Jeffery Kline after I went back, solved the cold case in Puerto Viejo, and then went to San Jose to file an official criminal complaint against him with the prosecutor for Organized Crime in Costa Rica. My complaint fully explained all of the details of my investigation to the Costa Rican authorities, and it included all of the names and contact information, email addresses, and telephone numbers for sixteen sources of information. The prosecutors in Costa Rica used my complaint to launch their investigation. Prior to my complaint, all they had was a "John Doe" body they had recovered - but they didn't know the identify of the victim, who had killed him, or when. They obtained a DNA sample from Jeffery Kline's brother to confirm the identity of the victim. And, of course over time the details of Jeff's murder panned out to be true - exactly as I had reported. Now I'm trying to get some peace the family members of some as-yet unidentified Holbert victims in Jaco, Costa Rica. (more)

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    Francisco Armani Bounced Checks To Buy Meat in France

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    Francisco Armani - Writing Hot Checks in France For Meat
    Francisco Armani - Writing Hot Checks in France For Meat
    By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Man, I really love the Internet. I just received another email from Véronique in France, the shop owner who was ripped off by Francisco Armani. Apparently he bounced three checks at two shops for a total of 310 euros ($383 dollars). He was staying at a campsite, and when the shop owners got wise and started complaining to the local police, he hopped on a train for Italy. Véronique even sent me copies of the checks Armani wrote. Here's what she just sent me;

    • "To talk about Francisco Armani, he came to my village on a Saturday. Francisco, he came to my village on a Saturday. He bought meat in my store (I have a butcher). He presented his passport when he wrote the check for 75 euros - Passport No. BA771123. He returned the next day to buy a lot of meat for 140 euros. At that point I had my doubts about this person but I did not dare refuse his check.

      On Sunday afternoon my son who is 14, said: "you should write his name on Google". He did this and to my surprise I saw your articles. On Monday morning I phoned the police. They told me there was no complaint against him and they could not do anything. I called a family member who works in the police. He is not wanted by Interpol. As he did not commit an offense in France they cannot continue.

      I was very angry. I warned all of the traders in the neighboring villages. Unfortunately, he still bought meat in another butcher and wrote another check for 95 euros. I managed to find him. He stayed four nights at a campsite. He invited everyone there to eat. He even showed them pictures when he supposedly operated on patients! Then he disappeared on the fourth day. He took the train to Italy. I immediately telephoned to warn the Italians.

      I will complain in another city than mine. Here the police were not experienced and I am very sorry because they could not catch him. A member of my family knows a police captain who will take the matter up. I have no pictures of him. But he is easy to spot because it has a Canadian accent, he is bald and wears glasses. Greg Coy on why he has lost his family to you? How is his health? Then I send him a message? The Internet is fabulous. I will do my best to find him. See you soon. Véronique"



    Living In A Campsite And Stealing Meat: My, how high he flies. Who says crime doesn't pay? So my suspicions were right. He picked this part of France because it's close to the Italian border. As soon as the local shop owners figured him out, he hauled ass for Italy. He keeps staying one step ahead of the law, for now. I hope Véronique files her complaint for the hot checks, and when Armani is eventually arrested, then maybe they can prosecute him. I suspect he's been hanging paper all over France, for weeks.

    Copyright 2012 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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    Greek Expat Arrested And Deported To USA - Supporting Foreign Terrorist Organization

    Expat TalesThe citizen of Greek origin, Ionnis Viglakis, 52 years old, was arrested on Tuesday August 7 by detectives of the Direction of Judicial Investigation of the National Police, because he is wanted by the United States for the alleged crime of supporting a foreign terrorist organization, said a press release. The arrest was requested in the morning hours, after an intelligence operation carried out by the judicial investigators in a hotel located in the district of Calidonia, where they seized some goods to be investigated. In another story it was learned other actions taken by Interpol officers in Panama resulted in the arrest and extradition of two Colombian born citizens who are also wanted by the United States for the crime of conspiracy and trafficking in thousands of kilos of cocaine. The two men, ages 36 and 47, were arrested in the area of 24 de Diciembre and the Canal area, and were turned over to the Chancellery of the Republic for their deportation, which happened on the morning of this Tuesday, August 7. (Mi Diario)

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    Francisco Armani Surfaces in The South of France

    Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Some turds just keep circling the bowl, marking up the sides, but refusing to go down. This morning I received an email from a woman in the South of France. She has apparently become Francisco Armani's latest victim, and when she started doing some Google searches on the guy, she found my earlier reporting on him. If you will remember, Francisco Armani was briefly in Panama back in December of 2010. At that time there was a series of landslides in Portobelo, one of which killed the entire family of the Canadian Greg Coy and put him in the hospital with a shattered pelvis. I started a fundraising event, and this total scumbag Francisco Armani showed up on the scene in Portobelo. He tried to convince the people there that he was a neurosurgeon who works with the Red Cross. Armani actually went to the hospital in Colon and - posing as a medical doctor - he "examined" Greg Coy. In reality what he was trying to do was steal the money donated by Panama-Guide.com readers. I chased him out of Panama, and he's been in Mexico for the past couple of years. And now this dirtbag is stealing from people in France. (more)
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