Colombia's problem is this: it is believed that Murcia is not longer in Federal custody, and that he was quietly released, after providing substantial assistance to law enforcement agencies of the United States. He is said to have entered some sort of witness protection (WitSec?) program, and he has not been listed as being in US Bureau of Prisons custody for some time.
Details of his case have never ben released to the public, but he is said to have padded DMG proceeds with two to three billion dollars of drug profits of the FARC, which he was allegedly laundering in Panama, through local banks, and in real estate. If he did supply the details of his contacts with the FARC to US law enforcement, it may have been the reason for the subsequent favorable treatment that he received, and why he never served his full sentence. Do not expect the US Government to assist Colombia in recovering Murcia, in my humble opinion.
Some Panama sources claim that he has already begun a quiet campaign to recover some of the millions of dollars of real estate holdings, which were stolen from him, when he was summarily deported from Panama, allegedly upon the direct orders of then-President, Ricardo Martinelli, who associates had designs upon Murcia's Panamanian assets. Much of Murcia's real estate wealth was stolen by fraudster Gary James Lundgren, who had purchased much of the real property for him, in the name of bearer share corporations, which are extremely easy to appropriate, using forged instruments, and bribed notary publics. Lundgren laundered bulk cash for Murcia, through purchases of real estate.
|Gary James Lundgren|