|(This is another book)|
For obvious reasons, we have redacted the names of the criminals involved, leaving those disclosures for Sr. Murcia to make in his upcoming book. We call them the Monkey Mafia, the Pirates of Panama, and other unflattering names. I do not wish to disturb the sleep of Panama's criminal elite, but experienced Panama observers will certainly know who will shortly be losing a lot of sleep, worrying over whether they will be the subject of American indictments, for you can bet that all this information has already been given to US law enforcement, with whom Murcia is actively cooperating.
Here are his claims, all of which implicate the players for money laundering charges:
(1) A yacht sales company in Panama & Colombia received millions of dollars, in cash, from Murcia, and, according to Murcia, stole the money.
(2) Banks in Panama & Belize received millions of dollars for investment from Murcia, and did not give him documentary proof ; they later simply stole his money after his arrest and extradition to Colombia.
(3) A supermarket magnate in Panama received millions of dollars for investment; the money was later stolen.
(4) A Russian real estate group from Canada was given millions of dollars for laundering and subsequent investment; they purchased apartments and office buildings from a number of local builders, but kept the realty for themselves, spawning a number of "instant" Russian millionaires living in Panama.
(5) A real estate group in Panama, operated by an Brazilian with a penchant for fine clothing, laundered some of his millions through security firms and banks in Panama, and then absconded with his money.
(6) Murcia Guzman purchased a number of high-end luxury cars and motorcycles, but never received the titles for those vehicles.
(7) A security firm in Panama that allegedly was in partnership with one of the country's presidents, laundered the money through the purchase of office condominium units in Panama. The owner allegedly later attempted to launder $4m through an undercover law enforcement operative.
(8) Murcia invested millions in Contadora Island (Isla Contadora), for a large hotel, to be built through an Eastern European national who resided on the island. The European was reportedly a fugitive from justice on a murder warrant. Murcia lost his entire investment to the fraudster. Murcia also purchased villas and expensive lots on Contadora, but all the properties where stolen by Panamanian organised crime members.
Remember that Murcia was not just investing his own Ponzi scheme proceeds; he also invested a substantial amount of money for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the FARC, a designated global terrorist organisation, which raises issues of terrorist financing, as well as money laundering, amongst the recipients of Murcia's billions.
There are many others who Murcia is including in his book, who stole his money. We will be covering these fraudsters, who are located in Panama, Colombia, New York, the State of Washington, and other jurisdictions, in additional articles to be published here; watch for them. The book will be available for sale in March 2014, just two months before the national elections in Panama.