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Expats Arrested in Panama on Money Laundering Charges in

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Men associated with incorporation of scores of NZ registered firms, and apparently running an online banking platform from NZ, arrested in Panama on money laundering charges

By Denise McNabb - Two men associated with a raft of offshore New Zealand finance companies and an online banking platform apparently based in New Zealand but run from Panama, have been arrested by Panama’s Special Prosecutor’s Office against Organised Crime for allegedly laundering more than US$100 million as part of an international criminal group.

Swede Carl Michael Magnusson and Dutchman Remy Swaab were charged with offences against the economic order of Panama at the end of April.

Yet for international customers of the businesses set up in New Zealand by Magnusson, including Zealand Financial Group, and online banking platform Nexor One, it would appear that they are still operating their businesses as usual. See more here on Zealand and other entities peddling unregulated New Zealand offshore finance companies around the globe and how the government's responding.

Magnusson has incorporated a proliferation of companies via the New Zealand Companies Office financial services providers (FSP) registry and their websites at New Zealand IP addresses, including banking4bankers.com, banclear.com, eurowire.com, startabank.net, swedishtrust.eu, newzealand financial serviceproviders.co.nz, michaelmagnusson.com as well as websites for Overseas Clearing Corp and various plays on the words overseas or offshore.

Zealand Financial Group LP, the most prominent of these companies, is owned by Magnusson’s Overseas Clearing Corporation and has several links feeding into it, including a business he set up offering credit union type entities in Sweden.

According to New Zealand companies office records he moved from Stockholm to Panama around 2006 or 2007.

In every spiel about setting up an FSP in New Zealand, he like some other international operators, cites how easy it is to do following New Zealand’s repeal of the Banking Act in 1995, replacing it with "the Banking Act Repeal Act 1995."

His companies charges between $55,000 to $65,000 to set up and manage an FSP with a virtual office and appear to feed into two specific dispute resolution offices that are required as part of setting up an FSP.

Zealand Financial continues to solicit customers to do everything from investing and managing money, securities and investment portfolios on behalf of third parties to foreign exchange and arranging a suite of money market instruments. The company was, however, deregistered on May 24 by Companies Office FSP registry staff although the latest update to Zealand Financial's entry in the FSP register, dated June 11, says to “maintain FSP (NZ entity).”

British tip leads to probe - Magnusson and Swaab’s arrest followed an investigation launched in February 2011 when the Panamanian prosecutor’s office was contacted by the British Embassy’s First Secretary in Panama, Kevin Mills, who raised suspicions about the pair with the Attorney General Jose Ayu Prado.

According to the Spanish language newspaper, Panama America, Mills wrote in a note to Prado that the UK’s tax, crime and fraud authorities had information on a series of financial crimes that pointed to the pair as ringleaders in an international money laundering operation and that “this alleged criminal group creates companies through corporations, and uses and distributes electronic banking software, which provides money that is then washed”.

Magnusson’s electronic banking software company, Nexor One has a New Zealand IP address, like many other of his companies, at New Zealand data centre operation and cloud services provider, Albany-based Maxnet.

The Nexor One website says its centre is in Auckland because it is a “respected offshore jurisdiction that complies with all PCI (payment card industries) Compliance Secure Banking Standards”. It also says it is presently hosting more than 80 per cent of its clients, with hundreds of thousands of customers in 20 countries and in 12 different languages.

The site mentions connections from multiple providers, including Telecom, Vector Communication and TelstraClear and that the data centre is in a secure location with concrete poles, double-layer concrete walls and steel mesh to protect against intrusion.

It also claims connections via ATM and fast ethernet directly to the Sky Tower, the Auckland Peering Exchange (APE) and upstream international providers.

Nexor One was integrated with Magnusson’s New Zealand registered Eurowire Finance Limited in 2008 and Swaab is its chief information officer.

Magnusson successfully petitioned Panama’s fourth criminal court to be released on bail of US$250,000, after his arrest but this has since been overturned by the second Court Of Justice after the prosecutor against organised crime, Marcelino Aguilar, appealed the decision.

Four NZ virtual offices - Magnusson has been operating out of New Zealand for more than a decade through at least four virtual offices at 60 Cook Street Auckland, the 20th floor of the ASB Centre at 135 Albert Street Auckland, Level 31 in the Vero Centre at 48 Shortland Street, Auckland, as well as an address in Moorefield Road, Johnsonville, Wellington. The virtual offices are run by Australian company Servcorp.

At one point Magnusson was a director of seven companies in New Zealand but all but Eurowire Finance have now been struck off. He has, however, used Auckland Compliance Ltd, registered in New Zealand and owned via one of his Panama companies, to set up what looks like more than 100 companies, usually out of 60 Cook Street in Auckland and fronted by Enrique Morales Robert, who has a Panama address.

Auckland Compliance was listed as the registered office and address for service of the NZ registered, but now struck off, First Capital Savings & Loan Ltd, whose owner Jeffery Lowrance pleaded guilty last month in the US to running a US$25 million Ponzi scheme.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said the Registrar of Companies is in the process of striking off Eurowire Finance. The Registrar had made enquiries about the business activities of Zealand Financial and deregistered it from the FSP Register because of lack of evidence it was genuinely providing financial services from its nominated New Zealand business address.

"The Registry Integrity team at the Companies Office monitors the filing activities of Mr Magnusson and his known associates," the spokesman said ."No companies associated with Remy Swaab have been registered with the New Zealand Companies Office."

Meanwhile, the Securities Commission banned advertisements by one of the Auckland Compliance created companies Locke Guarantee Trust (NZ) Ltd in 2007. Magnusson also incorporated Methwold International Finance Corporation in New Zealand in 2006, fronted by Rex Franklyn Miller.

A vociferous group of aggrieved investors on a chat room say they have been collectively ripped off to the tune of more than US$3 million by Methwold. Action and counter action over alleged securities fraud, involving this company and a group of investors, has been winding through the US courts since 2010 with the next hearing scheduled for September.

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American Military Retiree Found Dead in Panama

Expat TalesAuthorities from the Public Ministry and detectives from the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) of Chiriqui confirmed the discovery of the lifeless body of an American man, who was retired from the military. The putrid smell coming from the victim's residence alerted neighbors, who notified the authorities. The body was discovered in the master bedroom of the residence, located in the neighborhood of Villa Natalia in the City of David, province of Chiriqui. A weapon was found next to the body. The American had been alone for twenty days because his wife had traveled to Texas in the United States. The authorities are continuing with their investigations in this case. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Anyone know who this is, his name? Please advise via email - don@panama-guide.com - and thanks.

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William Dathan Holbert aka "Wild Bill" Announces Book Plans

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This afternoon William Dathan Holbert, also known as "Wild Bill", announced from prison in Panama his plans to publish a book detailing how he committed his crimes. According to his lawyer, Holbert had planned to publish his book after his preliminary hearing, but now that the hearing was cancelled, he has decided to go ahead and publish the book now.

Holbert called the channel 2 TVN news program and recorded an announcement in Spanish, in which he said the proceeds from the book would be donated to the Catholic church and a prisoners group he started. Holbert's lawyer also said supposedly the contents of the book would help her efforts to legally defend Holbert's partner Laura Michelle Reese, who has also been charged with all five murders in Panama. Holbert said the contents of the book would detail the specifics of how he supposedly committed the murders.

Editor's Comment: No real surprise here. Holbert wants to try to make some money by publishing a book. He said in his statement to TVN that he is now supposedly looking for the "right publisher" to print his book. Holbert has already confessed to having committed these five murders. His plan from the day Holbert and Reese were arrested was for him to take responsibility for all of the murders, in an attempt to get Reese off.

The problem is - Holbert is lying. Everyone in Bocas del Toro knows Holbert and Reese were always together. They committed a string of crimes and murders together, starting in the United States, continuing in Costa Rica, and ending in Panama when they were finally caught. This book will be nothing more than the same lies contained in Holbert's confession to the Panamanian authorities. Holbert has to try to cash in on this now, because he wants to try to reinforce his version of events, before the trial. However the Panamanian authorities have already gathered the evidence proving Holbert and Reese were together when the murders were committed.

Exactly where was Laura Michelle Reese standing when you hit Jeff Kline in the back of the head with a hammer? Where was she when you killed the Brown family? Who put Bo Icelar's body into the little red car? Who drove that car to the Barracuda? Who carried the body to Bill's boat? Who checked the floor to see if any blood had dripped onto the floor? Who drove the car back to Bo's house? Where was she standing when you killed Cher? Make sure those details are covered in your book full of bullshit, asshole. Are you also going to cover the other six people you killed in Costa Rica? Woof.

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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A New Gringo Scan Artist Running Around Panama City

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There's a new scam artist running around Panama City who is targeting the members of the English speaking community of expatriates and tourists. He said his name is "Chris." He's in his late 30's or early 40's. He's about 5' 7" tall, with "reddish" hair, obviously an American citizen based on his speech and conduct, and he told his mark he was from Little Rock, Arkansas. He approached his targeted victim in front of the Multicentro Mall at 11:00 am on Sunday morning, 22 July 2012.

Here's his pitch. He will approach you during the weekend. He says he was out partying and someone slipped something into his drink, causing him to pass out. The next thing he knew he woke up in the street in front of his hotel. He comes to find out someone had stolen all of his possessions, and therefore he's been thrown out of his hotel. So, he's now on the street and he has no money, no passport, no identification - and (of course) there's nothing he can do until the US Embassy opens on Monday morning. So, would you please help him by giving him some money? Please? Whatever you can spare. God Bless You...

These guys never try to pull these stunts during the week or during working hours when the US Embassy is open. There have been several of these kinds of scam artists running around over the years, and they always have some sort of variation on the same theme - either they lost everything in a taxi or it was stolen from them. They will include some sort of sympathy element to pull at your heart strings. One guy would say he was a US military man who had to come to Panama from a deployment in Iraq in order to bury his Panamanian grandfather who had just died - and he lost all of this documents and passport in a taxi. They appear to be sincere and believable. The stock and trade of the "con man" is "confidence" - they use slick talk and glib speech to gain your trust - or at least enough to get you to give them some money.

There are a large number of American drug addicts who now reside in Panama full time. They come here because both powder cocaine and crack is much cheaper on the streets here than it is in the United States. If you give them money, they will immediately use it to buy drugs. Anyway, heads up - there's one more piece of shit floating around in Panama City - and he might come washing up on you some day. If you see this prick please take his picture and send it to me. I'd like to make him famous...

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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SINAPROC Finds Israeli Tourist Who Was Lost On Volcan Baru

Expat TalesRescue personnel from the National Civil Protection System were able to find this Saturday morning a tourist from Israeli citizenship, who had been reported missing since Friday, when she was descending from the summit of Volcan Baru. Sinaproc rescuers, specialized in mountains, went on Saturday into the mountains of the Volcan Baru National Park, from Paso Ancho to the top, and then descended for the district of Boquete, rescuing the tourist. Rescuers began searching after receiving the report, and they first found the Argentine Martin Lanaro, 31 years old, who was also lost. (Telemetro)

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Fugitive Arrested in LA Upon Returning From Panama

Expat TalesBryan Benjamin Lalezari, 28, was arrested at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday after arriving to LAX aboard a flight from Panama. Lalezari had a "dangerous drugs" warrant issued by the Beverly Hills Police Department, Ruiz said. "The men and women of CBP work extremely hard every day behind the scenes, securing our nation's borders," said Todd Owen, CBP's director of field operations in Los Angeles. "The apprehension of these fugitives highlights CBP officers' keen analysis of intelligence and their determination to safeguard our citizens." CBP officers arrested 499 suspects passing through Los Angeles-area airports and ports during the 2011 fiscal year, Ruiz said.
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American Expat in Panama Bypass Operation - Needs Blood Donatios

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Jim Tryon underwent a double heart bypass surgery on Saturday in the Punta Pacifica hospital, and he was in the ICU until last night. He was already given three pints of AB- blood during and after the operation. Jim and his wife Barbara are asking the members of the English speaking expatriate community for blood donations. Blood types needed are "any negative type" - A-, AB-, B-, or O-. Donors can go to the Punta Pacifica hospital and the blood bank is located in the basement. Tell them you are donating in Jim's name.

Jim is a Vietnam Veteran who served three tours there as a Navy Commando. Jim and Barbara have owned a home here in Panama since 2000, and they split their time between Panama and California. Please - if you can - come out to make a blood donation to help this family.

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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Reward Fund Created In Response To Assault Against Sailboat Cruisers in Bocas del Toro

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The community of English speaking expatriates in Bocas del Toro have rallied to support the American Couple Brutally Assaulted And Robbed On Their Sailboat Near Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama. They are just now getting organized and are in the process of printing reward posters to be distributed throughout the islands. A sketch artist will be used who will interview the victims in order to create a likeness of the assailants for the reward posters. Thus far they have about $1,600 dollars pledged for this fund, which will be paid to anyone providing a tip or information directly leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailants. Organizers have established an account in the Banco Nacional (I don't have the account number yet) which anyone can use to make a deposit from anywhere in Panama. I will provide the additional details once I have them, but in the meantime if you would like to make a donation or pledge to this fund let me know via email and I will forward to the organizers who are collecting the money on the ground in Bocas del Toro.

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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"A bullet through my bedroom window..."

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "Hi Don, I writing you regarding the matter that occurred on Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at 12:05pm. First off, i would like to thank you for making those calls for me while i was at the police station. I had been there for 3 hours, and 3 minutes after calling you, i had 3 people at a desk taking my statement. I'm really shaken over this incident. I had never even seen a gun before moving to Panama. Now i see them everywhere and the last thing i would have thought is that a bullet would come through my window especially 25 floors up. I am having trouble sleeping, it's 6:15am and i still haven't gone to sleep. I'm scared to even look outside my windows let alone step foot onto my balcony. Not to mention the fact that there is still glass everywhere and bullet fragments on my balcony and in my bedroom because the police said that some criminologists were going to come to my apartment on Thursday the 5th, the same day of the robbery to investigate and that i couldn't touch anything. its now Saturday the 7th and they never showed up or called. I'm in Panama studying, i don't work and have very little money and i can't afford to replace the 2 windows the bullet broke. I got a quote to replace the glass. $450! Can you give me any advise as to how to proceed with this to try and get the police department to pay for the damages? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I'm happy to be alive but this event has changed me. I don't feel safe living in this apartment nor do i feel safe living in Panama anymore. I've included a few pictures so you can see the damage."









Editor's Comment: First of all, you can relax. If the criminologists from the DIJ have not showed up by now, they're not coming. So, you can feel free to clean up the glass and continue on with your life. You've documented the incident, and since the damage was caused by a stray round fired (accidental discharge) by a police officer in the line of duty, eventually the National Police will pay for the damage. I inquired about the procedure, and it's a long process before a check gets cut. Also, because you're renting that apartment you can't file the paperwork, the owner has to do it.

With regards to the psychological trauma that comes with a near miss - look at the bright sides, and there are many.

  • First - The bullet didn't hit you in the head, it was a miss. The proper response is "shit, that was close..."
  • Second - You were not the victim of the attack. No one was shooting at you. It was a stray round.
  • Third - The odds are massively against a repeat of this incident - like by about fifty gazillion to one. If you didn't get killed in this incident, then you're probably clear on this sort of a problem for the rest of your life. Well done.
  • Fourth - Anything which doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and scar tissue is tougher than the original.
  • Fifth - No matter how bad you think you have it, there's always someone who has it a whole lot worse than you, so count your blessings.
  • Sixth - This sort of thing could have happened literally anywhere on the planet. Police officers have accidental discharges in the line of duty all the time, all around the world. This was not a "Panama specific" incident in any way, shape, or form.

In short, suck it up, deal with it, knock the mud off of your boots, and press on. Or, alternatively, feel free to huddle under your bed with your knees drawn to your chest for the rest of your life. That's a lot safer way to live your life, but it's also a whole lot more boring. If you can't sleep, there are pills for that. Literally, I'm not kidding. All joking aside, you might want to seek medical attention to help you get through this little patch of anxiety - which is perfectly understandable. There are all kinds of relatively gentle medications that can help you relax if some more natural and healthy alternatives don't work for you. In any case, this too will pass. Best of luck.

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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Donations And Support Requested - Find Yvonne Baldelli

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Please make a donation to help find Yvonne Baldelli
Please make a donation to help find Yvonne Baldelli
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - OK, here's the deal guys. Yvonne Baldelli's family members have created a fund and are asking for donations to help them pay for travel expenses and legal fees. Most of them live in the United States and they have had to come down to Panama to search for Yvonne, and to speak with the DIJ detectives, the local FBI agents at the US Embassy in Panama City, and the prosecutors of the Public Ministry in David. In addition they will have to hire a local Panamanian attorney to help oversee and manage the case for them here in Panama. All of these things cost money, and this is not a rich family. Yvonne's disappearance has already stretched them to the breaking point. Her father, James Faust and his wife Lilian are members of our community of English speaking expatriates here in Panama. Many people have said "...if there's anything I can do to help..." - well, there is. Please visit this website - www.findyvonnebaldelli.com/Support.html - and make a donation. Remember when you guys stepped up to help Greg Coy after his family was wiped out by a mudslide in Portobelo? You know I hardly ever ask you to do anything. Well, I'm asking again. These people need some help. Thanks.

Update - 7 July 2012: Last weekend friends and family members held a vigil for Yvonne Baldelli at Salt Creek Beach Park is Dana Point, California. I've updated this article to include the YouTube video taken at that time.



Attention - Website Managers in Panama: Please put up something on your website to help this support drive. If you need a standard 468 x 60 pixel banner, you can either use this one or make one of your own. Please link clicks to either this article this article (if an explanation is necessary) or directly to the family's website - findyvonnebaldelli.com/Support.html. Real estate guys, lawyers, news and media, tours and travel, everyone. Please support this effort.

Everyone Else - Social Media Blast: Even if you don't own or manage a website, chances are you have a Facebook page, right? Please put a link to this article on your Facebook page, and encourage others to do the same. Those are the two things you can do to help - make a donation, and get the word out. Please.

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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Family seeks help for O.C. woman missing in Panama

Expat TalesBy Chris Boucly - The Orange County Register - Dana Point, California: As cars whizzed by, drivers honking, more than 40 friends and family members carried signs and walked along Pacific Coast Highway over the weekend, trying to raise awareness of the disappearance of former Dana Point resident Yvonne Baldelli. In September, Yvonne Baldelli, 42, moved with her boyfriend Brian Brimager, 36, to Carenero Island, one of a group of islands that make up the archipelago province of Bocas del Toro on Panama's Caribbean coast. Baldelli had been laid off from her job and Brimager's Marine Corps service was coming to an end. The two wanted to live together on the beach, said Lauren Beyer, Baldelli's niece.

Baldelli, who loved to sew, hoped to sell her work on local beaches, and Brimager played the guitar in bars for tips, according to news reports. Beyer said her aunt frequently called or emailed family members. Her last correspondence came in late November, Beyer said. She was last seen on Carenero Island on Nov. 26, according to Panamanian authorities. Investigators said witnesses where Baldelli and Brimager were staying, known locally as Casa del Sapo, reported the couple had a violent relationship and frequently fought. Following one of those fights, Brimager told acquaintances Baldelli had gone to Costa Rica with another man, and he planned to return to Southern California, according to investigators. He was back in the United States by mid-December. There is no record of Baldelli leaving Panama, said Michele Valenzuela, Baldelli's sister.

Baldelli's family has been in Panama searching for her, and Panamanian and U.S. authorities have conducted multiple searches of the island. In the months since the search began, the FBI has joined the investigation, assisting Panamanian authorities in looking for trace evidence at the home where Baldelli and Brimager stayed.

Within a few days of returning to the United States, Brimager became engaged to and then married another woman, according to news reports. Public records indicate he was married on Dec. 31 to Kristin M. Werkhoven. Panamanian police have named Brimager a person of interest in the case and on May 18 declared it a homicide investigation.

As passersby stopped to ask about the march from Niguel Road to Selva Road on Saturday, Baldelli's father James Faust and others handed them pink fliers with details about Baldelli's disappearance and information on how to help. Later in the evening at Salt Creek Beach Park, the group gathered to hear Faust, Valenzuela and Baldelli's other sister Michelle Faust speak. Park visitors sitting in beach chairs or sharing blankets listened in as Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You" played in the background.

"No one has seen or heard from my sister Yvonne Baldelli since Nov. 26, 2011," Michelle Faust said. "We are here tonight to remember and to call for justice for Yvonne Baldelli. Losing her is a daily horror for all who love her, and we want answers to what happened to her. We want to prevent this from happening to any other family."

The evening ended with a candlelight vigil and, from James Faust, a plea to authorities: "Their continued efforts are imperative. As a father who speaks for the entire family, I encourage them to endure until we have justice, until Yvonne has justice." And a plea to the public: "We ask you to keep Yvonne and her entire family in your thoughts and prayers, but I also implore you to take action. Call or write your congressman. Tell them that you want to see justice for Yvonne Baldelli."

Editor's Comment: For more information on how you can help, please see;

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Hilarious - "Shit Gringos Say In Panama (with Jacky North)" Video

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - You've got to check out this video. It should come as a surprise to no one to learn most of the younger 20 and 30 somethings who are not married spend the majority of their time either drunk or hungover while in Panama. This video is a collection of hilarious one-liners. "That chick from NY Bagel with the Mohawk..." and "dude, want a Slurpee?" God Bless You Tube.

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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Kanaan Minks - Son Of Robin D. "Rob" Minks - The Man Who Cleaned Out A Dead Man's Bank Account in Panama

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Kanaan Minks - Son of Robin 'Rob' Minks - Melbourne Florida USA
Kanaan Minks - Son of Robin 'Rob' Minks - Melbourne Florida USA
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I received the following email this morning from Kanaan Minks, the son of Robin D. "Rob" Minks - Accused Scam Artist - Possibly Looking For Next Victim in Panama. You remember him, he was the guy who was caught draining the money out of his dead "friends" bank account after he died. This morning his son wrote to me, saying;

  • Don Winner,

  • The following article was a vehicle for Deborah (Debi) Lynne Bard’s defamation either of her direct command or through her compensated sailing coconspirators Sid and Manuela Olshefski from Los Angeles, California:

  • http://www.panama-guide.com/article.php/20120530155923870

  • She took a 3 year sailing vacation around the Caribbean and South America, and swayed me into caring for her responsibilities, because I have since learned her own family wants nothing to do with her or she consciously abandoned the remaining ones, including her own children. Out of the kindness of my heart I took care of EVERY responsibility she had, which was many. I have every document that counters all her slanderous lies against me type-portrayed in your article. The bank account that she claims I drained was a joint account in both her and my names (I have all bank documents reflecting this). It consisted of her and my father’s savings, and of other funds. I had to secure what little she left in the account after she left my father for-dead in a Colombian prison on false accusations/lies to steal most everything he owned (I have proof of this also). I have documentation and witnesses specifying she was returned ALL her belongings which she dropped on me before this lengthy escape. I made sure everything was well documented, because I started catching her in lies and increasingly erratic behavior during her 6 month stay in our home (out of the kindness of our hearts). I have ALL the documents showing that I had a one-half ownership in “her”, so-called, sailboat. The only egregious predator I know is Debi; she is the only person everyone should be on the lookout for. She skillfully gained the trust and hearts of my family and me, only to pillage and plunder what she could once she masterfully probed into everything about us and skillfully manipulated us. We have all been through quite enough with her and her guerrilla obsession with our family.

  • Where is the police report stating I stole anything from her?! If someone has as much as a DVD stolen from them they call the police and report it. She was allegedly cleaned out of $140,000+ (according to this article) and there is still no police report. It takes 5 minutes to file, but it won’t happen because this, like everything that surrounds her, is a lie or make-believe. Please look it up! She used you, like she uses everyone that has ever crossed her path to recklessly advance her own selfish motives.

  • I respectfully ask (on advice from my attorney) you remove my name and this section from this article, as it is based strictly on perniciousness and defamation. I also ask that the new edit is reflected on your shared or affiliate databases (to remove this content off not only your website, but also all others). Lastly, I ask for your written statement of your oral conversations or copies of the emails Deborah used in creation of this article, as this information will be added to a defamation lawsuit and other legal actions against her as she has plagued us enough. It will be the court’s decision to side on our factual evidence or her defamatory accusations.

  • I can’t thank you enough for your passion for Panama and respecting me and my family during these dreadful times for us,

  • Kanaan Minks"

Editor's Comment: And not a word about your father draining a dead man's bank account? Yeah, dreadful times. In a word, fuck off. My dirtbag radar went off the charts on this email. You might be able to slick-talk a lot of people on this planet, but I'm not one of them. If there's a legal battle pending between you, your father, and anyone else, then that's your problem and not mine. I wrote this article to WARN the rest of the community of English speaking expatriates who live in the Republic of Panama about the FACT that your father cleaned out a dead man's bank account, a person who was supposedly his friend. He actually started cleaning out the bank account while his "friend" had not yet died, but was in the hospital on his death bed. With friends like that, who needs enemies? Did I remember to say fuck off? Oh yeah, that's in there. Do you have any other questions for me? On a personal note, you and your father would have to work really hard to get any lower on my list of the biggest scumbags in the world. Un-friggin' believable. Some people have real balls... (Add mental image of me flipping you the bird - here.)

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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Vigil planned for O.C. woman missing in Panama

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Yvonne Baldelli Has Been Missing Since 26 November 2011 - Last Seen on Isla Carenero, Bocas del Toro, Panama
Yvonne Baldelli Has Been Missing Since 26 November 2011 - Last Seen on Isla Carenero, Bocas del Toro, Panama
By CHRIS BOUCLY / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - DANA POINT – The family and friends of an Orange County woman missing in Panama are holding a march and candlelight vigil Saturday evening at Salt Creek Beach Park. In September, Yvonne Baldelli, 42, moved with her boyfriend Brian Brimager, 36, to Carenero Island, one of a group of islands that make up the archipelago province of Bocas del Toro on Panama's Caribbean coast.

Candlelight Vigil: Where: Salt Creek Beach Park, 33333 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point. When: Meet at 6 p.m. in Salt Creek Beach parking lot; march begins at 6:30 p.m. on Pacific Coast Highway; vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. in park. Information: FindYvonneBaldelli.com

Baldelli had recently been laid off from her job with Sebastian International and Brimager's Marine Corps service was coming to an end. The two wanted to live together on the beach, said Lauren Beyer, Baldelli's niece, something that is cheaper to do in Panama than in Orange County. The couple rented an apartment, and Brimager played the guitar in bars for tips, according to news reports. Baldelli, according to her family, has a passion for sewing and an eye for fashion and hoped to sell her work on local beaches. Baldelli also acted as a manager of sorts for Brimager, getting him gigs at local spots, Beyer said.

Witnesses at the place where Baldelli and Brimager were staying, known locally as Casa del Sapo, reported the couple had a violent relationship and frequently fought, according to Alexis Muñoz, director of the Panama Department of Judicial Investigation.

Beyer said her aunt frequently called or emailed family members. Her last correspondence came in late November, Beyer said. She was last seen on Carenero Island on Nov. 26.

According to news reports, Brimager told acquaintances Baldelli had gone to Costa Rica with another man, and he planned to return to Southern California. He was back in the United States by mid-December. There is no record of Baldelli leaving Panama, according to news reports.

Baldelli's family has been in Panama searching for her, and Panamanian and U.S. authorities have conducted multiple searches of the island. In the months since the search began, the FBI has joined the investigation, assisting Panamanian authorities in looking for trace evidence at the home where Baldelli and Brimager stayed.

Within a few days of returning to the United States, Brimager became engaged to and then married another woman, according to news reports.

An Amazon.com wedding registry entry for a Kristin M. Werkhoven and Brian Brimager states the two met in Washington, D.C., at a karaoke bar in 2004 and had a daughter in 2010. Here is an excerpt from the entry, which has since been deleted: "Brian got out of the Marine Corps in November 2011 and went on a vacation to Panama to detox from the Marine Corps. Now Brian is a professional father during the day and a professional student at night. We were engaged on 15 December and on 31 December we had a civil ceremony to legalize our marriage. We look forward to seeing many of you at our wedding on the 4th of July in Cabo San Lucas!"

Panamanian police have named Brimager a person of interest in the case, and in mid-May declared it a homicide investigation.

Saturday's vigil and march is to increase awareness about Baldelli's disappearance, Beyer said. Salt Creek was selected because it was a cherished place for Baldelli, she said. "The investigators think that she's gone," Beyer said. "And I don't think that they believe it was an accident. We want to find out what happened to her. We want to find out where she is. ... We want to bring her home."

Editor's Comment: Yvonne Baldelli's family members have established a fund to receive donations to help them in their efforts to achieve justice. These people are not rich, and they need the help to pay for travel and legal expenses. Please visit their website at www.findyvonnebaldelli.com/Support and make a donation if you can. Thanks.

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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2012 Voting Reminder - PSA From US Embassy in Panama

Expat TalesU.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama. Message for U.S. Citizens. A July 4th Voting Reminder - Happy 4th of July! U.S. citizens around the globe will soon mark the 236th anniversary of our Nation's Independence Day with family and community gatherings, food, and fireworks. For U.S. citizens living outside the United States, the 4th of July is an opportunity for all of us, regardless of political affiliation, to celebrate our shared values as citizens of the United States of America.

Have a say in our country's future. One of our most treasured values is the right and the privilege to vote – to participate actively in our country's democratic process. This November, U.S. citizens will elect a President, a Vice President, one-third of the Senate, and the entire House of Representatives. The U.S. Embassy in Panama encourages all U.S. citizens to participate in this year’s elections, and stands ready to help you vote. Almost all overseas U.S. citizens can vote. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now allow adult children who have never resided in the United States to vote using their parents' state of voting residence. Details are available on the FVAP website at http://www.fvap.gov/reference/nvr-res.html. (more)

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Prosecutor Requests Trial For Javier Martin In The Murder of Don North

Expat Tales By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Third Superior Prosecutor of the First Judicial Circuit of Panama, Sofanor Espinosa, has asked the Magistrates of the Second Superior Tribunal in Panama City to bring Javier Martin to trial. In his "prosecutor's opinion" Number 47 of 2012, Espinosa asked the judges to haul Javier Martin before the bench to be tried for the murder of Don North. In addition to the primary charge of murder, Javier Martin is also facing trial for the crimes of theft, the illegal possession and commercialization of prohibited weapons, and the illegal use of a credit card belonging to Don North. You might recall Javier Martin is the Spaniard charged with the murders of the American Don North, who he allegedly killed in the San Blas islands in the Guna Yala in January 2011, and the Frenchman Jean Pierre Bouhard, in the area of Portobelo in February 2011. (more)
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Apparently There Was A Mistake In The Arrest Of Jan Cornelis Hendril Hovenkamp

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Today I received an email from Yotzi Beitia de Hovenkamp, who is both a lawyer and the wife of Jan Cornelis Hendril Hovenkamp - Arrested in Panama. She sent me an email (in Spanish) which said (translated); "I am a lawyer and the wife of Jan Hovenkamp, about who you published an article on 31 May, about the unjust and erroneous arrest of my husband. In the same way that you published this news I DEMAND that you make public that it was a illegal and catastrophic mistake by the the Dutch Government, that my husband is free and there are no charges against him, either in INTERPOL, nor in Panama. As soon as you reply to this email, I will send by the same means the Dutch government note acknowledging the mistake and apologizing, and the official translation into Spanish."

OK, Works For Me: Apparently there was some sort of a mistake, so I immediately responded via email, saying "Sure, no problem. If you have some kind of a press release, news story, or official statement, please send it. I'll be happy to publish that information." And how did she respond to that offer? "You can get all information at the foreign affairs minister, legal department, Lic. Olivardia. It was a mistake, and Dutch government admitted to have made a mistake and apologized for this. As soon as I have the official document, I will send you a document. In the mean time, I want you to clear the name of Mr. Hovenkamp, or I will pursui legal action against you sir."

Why Do You Have To Make Threats? I snatched up the phone and called her. She said she would be sending additional information and documents, and she has not. She said she's waiting for official documents or for things to be translated. I explained that both as the wife and lawyer for Jan Cornelis Hendril Hovenkamp she could just make a statement via email or what have you, and all of the journalists in Panama would be happy to print that. This isn't a court of law, and mistakes get made, but damn dude, starting off with a threat is just a bad way to go. Whatever. We went around the flagpole a couple of times and I told her to send whatever she wants and I'll publish it. In the meantime if she wants to take legal action against me for whatever reason, go right ahead. Pound sand, and good bye, (click).

So There You Have It: You now know just as much about this as I do. Apparently (according to his wife) there was some sort of mistake made by the Dutch government with regards to his arrest. I'm still waiting for a statement, email or otherwise, documents, or whatever. If there really was some sort of a mistake, I can understand how they would be upset - that's a normal, human reaction. But why attack the press when we are simply trying to do our jobs? I offered to do everything in my power, to run a correction, additional information, a statement or a clarification, and she still came at me with an attitude and threats. And when someone jumps into my face, my natural reaction is to jump right back. "Me cae mal..."

And Then About An Hour Later: I received this email from her (original in Spanish, translated): "Good afternoon, attached is part of the note sent by the Dutch government, in which they recognized it was a mistake and apologized. I ask for the note to be made ​​public and to communicate that JAN Hovenkamp was released, that the Panamanian authorities followed a request from the Dutch government, which has recognized its error and apologized through an official note. These apologies, of course, do not solve all of the psychological, moral and economic damage caused to our family, for the hours of unjust detention, and the publications in the news media. The following is part of the note issued by the official of the Public Ministry of the Netherlands; (the following was sent in Dutch, and as you will see there are parts of the machine translation that don't make much sense) Amsterdam Public Prosecutor, Kingdom of the Netherlands. I am sorry for him that the sun is clearing. My heartfelt and sincere apologies. We will immediately notify the Panamanian authorities of our current position and invite the Lord Hovenkamp immediately to freedom. Yours faithfully, MR.CL Van Kooten Prosecutor, on behalf of Mr G V Smink Prosecutor."

I'm Sorry For Him That The Sun Is Clearing? WTF? The note said (in Dutch) "HET SPIJT MIJ VOOR HEM DAT HET ZO GELOPEN IS." If anyone wants to come back with a better translation, feel free to send that in the comments section... Ah, there you go. A reader sent the proper translation via email. It should be translated as "I am sorry it turned out this way" or "I am sorry this happened to him." That's better. Thanks. So how the hell did the machine translation come up with "I'm Sorry For Him That The Sun Is Clearing"? Machine translations are goofy by nature.

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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American Roland Walter Anderson - Drowned While Swimming At La Barqueta Beach in Chiriqui

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Roland Walter Anderson - Drowned While Swimming At Beach in Panama
Roland Walter Anderson - Drowned While Swimming At Beach in Panama
The director of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), Arturo Alvarado, confirmed the discovery of the lifeless body of a U.S. citizen Roland Walter Anderson, 67, who was reported missing from the waters of the La Barqueta beach in the district of Alanje, province of Chiriqui. Alvarado said the body was found at 4:45 this morning. Rescue personnel from the SINAPROC had been conducting search operations since Sunday. The American was swimming in the water and was dragged by heavy waves, said a friend of the American, who were in one of the houses that are just off the beach of La Barqueta. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Four people went swimming at night, taking advantage of the full moon, but only three came out of the water. Please, for your own safety and well being. Don't under estimate the potential dangers of the Pacific beaches of Panama, and don't over estimate your own abilities to get yourself out of trouble if something happens. There are very few, if any, lifeguards on beaches in Panama, so you have to be your own lifeguard.

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Magnolia man gets 5 years for wire fraud

Expat Tales A Magnolia businessman and a Chicago man have been sentenced for conspiring to commit wire fraud, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced Friday. Evan “Nick” Jarvis, 39, of Magnolia, and Alex Ellerman, 36, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to the offense on March 4, 2011, and March 8, 2011, respectively. At their plea hearings, Jarvis and Ellerman admitted they conspired with James Roland Dial, 56, of Houston, to enrich themselves between 2004 and 2007 by artificially inflating the stock price of a publicly-traded company called Grifco International Inc. Grifco manufactured oil field drilling equipment and Dial was Grifco’s CEO.

Jarvis and Ellerman admitted knowing that Grifco issued a press release to the public on March 3, 2005, containing false information about Grifco’s revenue and net income and that he willfully and knowingly profited from the false press release by selling Grifco stock to the public at an inflated price. The stock ultimately became worthless. Approximately 300 investors who had purchased Grifco stock submitted impact statements to the court for consideration at today’s sentencing, several of whom noted they had lost their life savings because of the fraud. Senior U.S. District Judge David Hittner, who accepted the guilty pleas in the case and presided over the hearing Friday, handed Jarvis a five-year prison sentence to be followed by three years of supervised release. In light of his cooperation in the case, Ellerman received a reduced sentence of 40 months. Dial was sentenced last month to five years in prison.

Hittner also ordered Jarvis and Ellerman to pay restitution to their victims. A hearing to determine the amount of such restitution will be held no later than Aug. 2. Jarvis, who admitted obtaining at least $2 million from the conspiracy, has agreed to sell real property located at 28322 Meadow Falls in Magnolia, currently valued at $1.8 million and also to sell certain luxury vehicles, including a Chevrolet Corvette and a Porsche automobile, and to apply the proceeds against his restitution obligation.

Jarvis had been permitted to remain on bond pending his sentencing hearing, but was taken into custody on May 3 for violating conditions of his bond, where he will now remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Ellerman has been in custody since April 20, 2010, when he was arrested at George Bush Intercontinental Airport upon returning to the United States after a lengthy stay in Panama.

The two-year investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the FBI with the assistance of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission has conducted a parallel investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John R. Lewis is prosecuting the case. (www.yourhoustonnews.com)

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Supreme Court Overturns Murder Conviction Against American Expatriate in Panama

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I just found out the Panamanian Supreme Court of Justice overturned the August 2011 first degree murder conviction of American expatriate Ron McGrew. I was first notified by email, and then I picked up the phone and called Ron to confirm the news. The lower court had sentenced McGrew to five years in prison, and his second lawyer filed an appeal after the first lawyer failed to file within the specified time period. Today Ron's lawyers called him to say the Supreme Court had decided a motion in his favor, the conviction had been overturned, there would be no new trial, and all charges had been dropped. Ron just got this news today. So far he has not received a copy of the Supreme Court decision, and he has a meeting scheduled with his lawyers for tomorrow morning.

What Happened: Ron McGrew left his house with a shotgun to investigate a report that a local drug addict was breaking into a neighbor's home. The neighbor was traveling, and had asked Ron to keep an eye on things. The burglar had a machete and Ron shot him with the shotgun, which pierced a vital organ, and the man died. Ron's mistake was leaving his own house with the shotgun - if he had killed a robber in his own home no one would have batted an eye. In any case, this most recent decision by the Supreme Court goes a long way to restore some faith in the Panamanian justice system, such as it is.

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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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Robin D. "Rob" Minks - Accused Scam Artist - Possibly Looking For Next Victim in Panama

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There is an American running around Panama who could possibly cause some serious problems for the members of the English speaking community of expatriates here. The man's name is Dr. Robin D. Minks, who goes by "Rob". Just his week Rob Minks drained thousands of dollars from the bank account a his "friend" who had just died in the hospital. Minks was arrested in Cartagena, Colombia in 2011 on weapons charges and deported back to the United States. Because of his problems with the IRS, he immediately turned around and boarded a plane for Panama, and he's apparently been here ever since. Rob Minks has gone through a string of victims in recent years, including his friend and soon to be former spouse. The people who know what he did to his soon to be former spouse in Colombia, as well as his "friends" here in Panama, contacted me with detailed information about his past activities, including copies of the complaints that have been filed against him in Colombia and the United States. Minks is now somewhere in the Republic of Panama. He just left one new victim behind, and he will most likely be trying to find, target, and isolate his next victim. The community here needs to be aware of this man, to know who he is and what he was done, and to know he should not be trusted under any circumstances. (more)



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David Jail Warden Criticizes Interest in "Wild Bill"

Expat TalesThe Director of Public Prison of David, Ismael Flores, questioned the work of journalists, who, according to him, give prominence and importance to everything done or said by William Dathan Holbert, better known as "Wild Bill." Flores's statements were in response to a voice message sent from the David public jail by the confessed murderer, in which he requests house arrest to be granted to Manuel Antonio Noriega. "He does not enjoy any privilege, and this could be confirmed last week when the journalists were invited to see where, and with whom, and how this man lives in jail," said Flores. He explained that after the message released Thursday, they immediately carried out a search of Holbert's cell in search of the apparatus used to send the message, however, nothing was found. He said "Bill" said the call was made by a public phone, taking advantage of the benefit of one call per day given to each prisoner, and he called a friend who recorded his message and sent it. (Siglo)

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Confessed Serial Killer William Dathan Holbert "Wild Bill" Trying To Help Manuel Antonio Noriega Get House Arrest

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William Dathan Holbert - Before and After Photo - Two Years In Prison
William Dathan Holbert - Before and After Photo - Two Years In Prison
William Dathan Holbert, better known as "Wild Bill", sent a message from the public jail of David, in which he asks for the former military dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega to be granted house arrest. Holbert, who has confessed to having murdered five people in Bocas del Toro, asked last night in a voice message sent via email, for Noriega to be held in a hospital, which Noriega's lawyers have been requesting for several weeks. "Panamanian law allows an inmate who is over 70 years of age or an inmate who is sick to be entitled to house arrest," said Holbert, the self-styled national director of unified inmates of Panama, who claims to represent more than 10% of prisoners in the country, integrated into the organization. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: And why do you think William Dathan Holbert would be trying to help the former military dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega obtain house arrest based on his age and medical condition? Because Holbert knows he's going to be spending the rest of this life in a Panamanian prison cell as well, and he's hoping by the time he hits 70 years of age, there will be a nice comfortable apartment waiting for him, somewhere. Holbert wants his colleague (fellow serial killer) Noriega to set the precedent. I'm sure Noriega's people when they saw this went "Fuck! That crazy gringo is going to screw this up for us!" Way to go, Bill. I did the side-by-side comparison to show how much weight Holbert lost by spending almost two years in a Panamanian prison, and after he stopped his diet of cocaine, steroids, and rum. Click on the image to get the full effect. One more thing. This article once again confirms what I reported in this article on 19 May 2012: William Dathan Holbert Has a Blackberry Cell Phone, Email, Fax Machine, and Internet Access in Prison.

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Local Couple Searches for Missing Daughter

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Yvonne Baldelli has been missing in Panama since 26 November 2011
Yvonne Baldelli has been missing in Panama since 26 November 2011
Rochester, N.Y. – A local couple is leading the fight to find their daughter who disappeared in Panama late last year. James and Lillian Faust moved to Rochester recently to care for ailing parents. They are continuing their calls to the FBI, U.S. Embassy and Panama police to keep pressure on the investigation. They also turned to media here in the hopes of keeping attention on the case.

Yvonne Baldelli, 42, was last seen on November 26 in Panama, where she’d moved in September from Southern California to start a new life. She moved to Panama with her ex-marine boyfriend, Brian Brimager. The Fausts knew something was wrong when Baldelli didn’t show up for a family reunion earlier this year. Family members realized none of them had spoken to her in some time and reported her missing.

They were further chilled to learn Brimager moved back to the states in December and married another woman. He allegedly told authorities Baldelli had left him to go to Costa Rico, but there’s no record of her entering the country.

“Late February, early March I was convinced that my daughter had passed, that we’d never see her again,” said James Faust. “That foul play occurred and that somewhere she’s buried out in the sea.” The Fausts went to Panama twice looking for answers. Police there recently classified the case as a homicide and said Brimager is a person of interest.

“I just don’t want people to forget her and I just want to bring her home somehow,” said Lillian Faust. “It was heartbreaking to leave Panama without her.” (www.13wham.com)

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Parents of missing woman speak out

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Yvonne Baldelli Before Moving to Panama
Yvonne Baldelli Before Moving to Panama
By: Amanda Ciavarri | WHEC.com - A Rochester family is still searching for answers after their daughter went missing from her home in Panama last November. Just last week, the FBI and police in Panama changed the case from a missing person’s case to a homicide investigation. 42-year-old Yvonne Baldelli was last seen November 26 when she was living with her boyfriend. Baldelli’s parents say this has been a living nightmare. According to Panama Police, their daughter’s boyfriend is the person of interest in the case. Baldelli’s parents tell News10NBC, he is an ex-marine who moved back to California and got married just weeks after their daughter disappeared.

Lillian and James Faust describe their daughter as fun, loving and generous. They say Yvonne Baldelli and her then boyfriend, 36-year-old Brian Brimager moved to Boca del Toro on the coast of Panamá in September. Baldelli told her mother she and her ex-Marine boyfriend wanted to start a new life there. Lillian Faust said, “Around November and December, I was calling her and I called her at least six different times and I couldn’t get a hold of her.”

Lillian and James Faust retired to Panama but are in Rochester to take care of their parents. As the weeks went by, with no word from their daughter, red flags began popping up. James Faust said, “Her boyfriend came back about the 10th of December, about the 10th or 12th of December without her. So we were wondering what became of Yvonne.”

Brimager, now in California, told Baldelli’s sister she ran away to Costa Rica with a man. The Fausts say this doesn’t sound like their daughter. James Faust said, “We checked with the Costa Rican embassy to see if they had any information on her entering Costa Rica and she says there is no record of her in Costa Rica so we call Panama City and they say there is no record of her leaving panama.”

The Fausts and their family flew to Panama and began searching for their daughter, but found no sign of her or her dog, Georgia Mae. Neighbors said in the place where she lived, there was a lot of fighting in the house. Just last week, police decided they were now investigating a homicide and their person of interest, Baldelli’s ex-boyfriend. James Faust said, “As soon as he got back, two days after he got back he got engaged and got married on December 31.”

Faust thinks about what the neighbors said about the couple fighting constantly. James Faust said, “If we had know what kind of life she was leading, being abused, we would have never tolerated it and {we would have} had her get out of the relationship.” Lillian Faust said, “She was so in love. We had no clue.”

Brimager has not been charged. Police have done DNA testing in the couple’s Panama apartment and are waiting for the results. The FBI is telling Yvonne’s parents that because the alleged murder took place in Panama and the witnesses are there and the person of interest is in California, the process could be a long one.The Fausts say they don’t even have a lawyer yet, but are looking into the details of that now.

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Retired Army Colonel Gary Eugene Morgan Died While Sport Fishing on Coiba Island in Panama

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Retired Army Colonel Gary Eugene Morgan Died While Sport Fishing on Coiba Island in Panama
Retired Army Colonel Gary Eugene Morgan Died While Sport Fishing on Coiba Island in Panama
The National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) jointly with the National Air Service (SENAN) and Civil Aviation located the body of an American citizen, retired Army Colonel Gary Eugene Morgan, 65 years old, who was reported as missing on Tuesday night in the northwest of the island of Coiba, just at the tip of Playa Hermosa. His body was found off the coast of the camp of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) in the open sea. For the search operation specialized divers, boats and aircraft equipment was used. The deceased was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was sport fishing in this region at the time of his disappearance. (Critica)
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Missing American - Retired Colonel - Found Dead On Coiba

Expat TalesThe National System of Civil Protection and the Rescue Specialist Group Delta, in conjunction with the National Air Service (SENAN) and Civil Aviation, found the body of an American citizen, the retired Colonel Gary Eugene Morgan, 65 years old. Morgan was found after an exhaustive search in front of the campgrounds of the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) in Coiba. The veteran of the Vietnam War had been missing since Tuesday night May 22 in the northwest of the island of Coiba, Panama in the Pacific, specifically from Punta Hermosa beach, when engaged in sport fishing. Recovery teams are right now in the task of bringing his lifeless body to safety, so that the local prosecutor of Veraguas can make the relevant investigations, said SINAPROC. (TVN)
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Florida Doctor Arrested For Stealing $800,000 From Elderly Man's Estate - Was Hiding in Panama

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James David Zebranek, Jr - Arrested in Texas, Wanted in Florida, Was Hiding in Panama
James David Zebranek, Jr - Arrested in Texas, Wanted in Florida, Was Hiding in Panama
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - James David Zebranek, Jr., 56 (date of birth 06/02/1955), was arrested on April 26, 2012 in San Angelo, Texas for stealing $800,000 from an elderly man's estate. According to a press release from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in Florida, Zebranek was arrested in Texas on an outstanding Pinellas County arrest warrant. Zabranek is a medical doctor originally from Redington Shores, Florida. He was arrested and charged with Grand Theft ($800,000);14-counts of money laundering; and perjury.

The victim is an 87-year-old male, who is known to the suspect. The arrest stems from an investigation that was conducted by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes unit beginning in October of 2010. The Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes Unit began investigating the case on October 26, 2010 after the victim learned that the suspect, identified as 56-year-old James David Zebranek, Jr., had taken over control of his $800,000 trust account.

According to detectives, in 2008 the victim became ill and incapacitated and became temporarily unable to manage his finances. The victim did recover from the illness and regained his faculties. Detectives say, however, that the suspect used the victim's illness to gain control over his trust by presenting the trust company with a medical report that indicated the victim was incapacitated, when in fact he had already recovered. The suspect coupled this with multiple misleading phone calls to the trust company in an effort to convince or mislead them into believing that the victim was permanently incapacitated.

Once he gained access to the trust, Zebranek wired the money to multiple banks across the country and out of the country. About $650,000 of the money was sent to Panama, where the suspect ultimately fled to. There, detective say he used the money among other things, to stay in various resorts. Detectives secured a warrant for the suspect's arrest on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

A lead was developed that Zebranek had returned to the United States from Panama and had attempted to obtain a new Driver's License in Texas. The San Angelo Police Department assisted detectives in confirming the identity of the suspect to be Zebranek; and arrested him on the evening of April 26, 2012 in the 1900 block of West Avenue N, San Angelo police said. He is being held in the Tom Green County Jail. A bond of $9.8 million has been requested, according to jail officials, but no arraignment has been scheduled. Zebranek will be extradited to Pinellas County to face charges.

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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William Dathan Holbert Has a Blackberry Cell Phone, Email, Fax Machine, and Internet Access in Prison

Expat TalesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - William Dathan Holbert, the notorious "Wild Bill" serial killer who has confessed to having murdered five people in Panama and one in Costa Rica, has access to communications technology in prison allowing him to communicate with practically anyone he wants, any time he wants. According to my source - a high school friend who has been in frequent contact with Holbert's family members in North Carolina - Holbert has a Blackberry cellular phone in prison with access to the data and the Internet. Holbert can surf the Internet using his cell phone with data access. Holbert can send and receive email. Holbert supposedly even has a printer/fax machine combination unit, and he can use it to send faxes through the cell phone. Holbert uses these means of communication to remain in extremely close contact with his mother - Karen Yvonne Moore - back in North Carolina. And that's not all. Laura Michelle Reese also has a cell phone of her own in the Women's prison in Panama City, and both Holbert and Reese can call one another at will to discuss and coordinate their legal defense strategy.

Holbert Sent An Email From Prison: Remember this story from back in April, which came out when I was in Bocas del Toro investigating the disappearance of Yvonne Baldelli? William Dathan Holbert Sent An Email From Prison - About The Yvonne Baldelli Case. On 26 April 2012 William Dathan Holbert sent an email from prison to several Panamanian news outlets, apparently trying to somehow insert himself into the disappearance of Yvonne Baldelli. The next day both Holbert and his defense attorney were on the news media saying that no, Holbert had not actually sent the email himself from prison, but rather he had supposedly used a public phone in prison, called a friend, dictated the email, and this friend of his supposedly sent the email for him. Well, I now know for sure what I suspected before - Holbert was lying. He does, in fact, have access to the Internet, email, and a cell phone with data in prison.

Scrambling, Denials, Damage Control: After this little incident in April with Holbert sending an email from prison, Angel Calderon, the Director of the Penitentiary System in Panama, went on the news to say it supposedly would have been impossible for Holbert to have sent the email from prison, because they have jamming technology in place that blocks the calls, so a phone would be useless. That might be the party line, and Calderon might believe it to be the case, but in fact it's not true. Holbert has a Blackberry phone, and it works in the public prison in David. I don't know what's going on, maybe he's paying the guards to turn off the cell phone signal jammers or something? Who knows? What I do know for sure, based on both the email Holbert has already sent from prison and from my sources in North Carolina, is that Holbert can access communications technology at will. Jammers or no, rules or no, prohibitions or no - he's got it, and he's using it.

Holbert Probably Read This Article Before You Did: And I suspect that as soon as he got done reading, he started hiding things. Holbert is a relatively intelligent guy, and he certainly knows how to get over on the system, to exploit any little weakness. And, he's been able to parlay that into access - which means information, communications, and coordination. It is my personal hope the authorities in the prison in Chiriqui will shut this down, once and for all. It's outrageous to think this animal has any creature comforts whatsoever. But cell phone, email, and surfing the Internet? That's way, way over the line. Anyway, if you're reading this Bill, give me a call at 6614-0451. I'd like to ask you if you have a cell phone.

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 Yvonne Lee Baldelli Now Considered A Murder - Case Elevated To Superior Prosecutor in Chiriqui

Expat TalesThe Second Superior Prosecutor of Chiriqui will continue the investigation into the disappearance of the American Yvonne Lee Baldelli, who lived in Bocas del Toro. The investigation of this case began under the auspices of the Personality (local prosecutor) of Bocas del Toro, and is now considered a murder, said the Second Superior Prosecutor Nedelka Diaz. She confirmed they have not yet received the results of the DNA tests that were done at the scenes of the investigations. Yvonne Lee Baldelli arrived in Bocas del Toro at the end of September 2011 with her boyfriend Brian Brimager, and she has not been seen since 26 November 2011. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Good. Finally. I asked the Public Ministry to do this on 20 March 2012, now almost two months ago. The local prosecutors who are scattered throughout the country, called the "Personería", are literally the lowest ranking members in the pecking order of the Public Ministry. There's no way the local guy on Isla Colon has the experience, training, resources, or capabilities to adequately or sufficiently handle this case. I recognized this immediately and advised (strongly suggested) that the case should be elevated to the Superior Prosecutor in Chiriqui. And, I'm glad to see they finally got around to getting it done.

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