Fugitive crackdown nabs man wanted in multi-million dollar fraud

Jun 10, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: UnionLeader.com

Gerard Joseph Latulippe, 65, was residing at 989 Ocean Boulevard, Unit 21, when he was arrested on the international warrant charging him with bilking investors out of nearly $2.4 million.

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Banco Nacional Rep

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Jul 2, 2008
 
Thanks you for the information.
we will let the banks know here about this

Iggy62

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Jul 13, 2008
 
Very detailed description. Would be interested to hear the "rest of the story". Not sure who the worst of the worst is in this situation: Eckenroth or Canzano. Both have questionable backgrounds.

Ig
Dan wrote:
Hello There,
I have been covering this from Costa Rica. I have information about this group or "cyndicate " that had a house flip scheme to rip people off.
I have been covering this from Costa Rica were they have been wiring money to a Project with a fake identity called Corazon De la Tierra owned and operated by Chris Canzano owner of the US based company ran from right here in Cape Coral fl called Villa Realty. I had a Friend just email me with the same thing happening with a Samir Cabrera. "Villa Homes" and "Villa Homes Of SWFL" have been doing the same thing back in 2006 and floating the market with the investors money mind you he has all the money stored in a Real Estate Scam in Esterillos Costa Rica , where they are planning to do this again with US investors trying to hide the money they made with the market in SWFL housing. There is a person who's name is Evonne Eckenroth whos started this whole ring.
Chris Canzano : Owner of "Villa Homes Of SWFL " and "Villa Realty" being investigated at this time by SEC
Chris Also Runs VLS.net a Copy of MLS.com Listing that Real Estate Agents Use for Listing .... Listed 30% higher then MLS Listing
They used a Fake App Team to do the dirty work.
Evonne Eckenroth: Silent owner of Villa homes of SWFl Cape coral based Home Builder in the Scam With Villa Realty
Evonne is being watched by the SEC for Securities Fraud . Evonne owns 6 in Cape Coral being in Foreclosure .... Over Appraised and Sucked the Funds from the homes with Chris Canzano in Costa Rica, Under a company called MONTE DE PIEDRA S.A. This is a Real Estate Scam overseas
that has Alot of people asking for the Funds back a 600 acre Comunity with the same people wiring funds to a undisclosed account number in Costa Rica. Here is some info you can find on google about it . Just broke ground in May 6th 2008.
Look This Up 30 people already in Cape Coral Alone .... Leepa.org Each one and they Own 3 homes each ... Part of The Membership Elite Group to Store the funds in Costa Rica ,,,, but not investors ...Chris and Evonne Pocketed 7.8 Million From all this. Property was Bought For 7 Million from Evonne and Cris Canzano Owner Of villa Realty and Villa Homes Of SWFL "CASH Money" Under a Name Called Monte De Piedra S.A. A Costa Rica Corporation.
Joseph A Troiano Esq

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Banco Nacional Rep wrote:
Thanks you for the information.
we will let the banks know here about this
The posting by Dan from Alva, Florida is false, malicious and unfounded. Also this posting is fraudulent since Banco Nacional isw located in San Jose, Costa and not in Alva, Florida.
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Jul 14, 2008
 
OK...this is even more interesting. Dan seems to have a great deal of information about many of the characters involved in this. He names people who are under investigation by the SEC. You are a lawyer responding to a bunch of unknowns on a BLOG site.
I will most definitely stay tuned in.

Ig
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Fort Myers, FL

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Jul 15, 2008
 
Dan wrote:
Hello There,
I have been covering this from Costa Rica. I have information about this group or "cyndicate " that had a house flip scheme to rip people off.
I have been covering this from Costa Rica were they have been wiring money to a Project with a fake identity called Corazon De la Tierra owned and operated by Chris Canzano owner of the US based company ran from right here in Cape Coral fl called Villa Realty. I had a Friend just email me with the same thing happening with a Samir Cabrera. "Villa Homes" and "Villa Homes Of SWFL" have been doing the same thing back in 2006 and floating the market with the investors money mind you he has all the money stored in a Real Estate Scam in Esterillos Costa Rica , where they are planning to do this again with US investors trying to hide the money they made with the market in SWFL housing. There is a person who's name is Evonne Eckenroth whos started this whole ring.
Chris Canzano : Owner of "Villa Homes Of SWFL " and "Villa Realty" being investigated at this time by SEC
Chris Also Runs VLS.net a Copy of MLS.com Listing that Real Estate Agents Use for Listing .... Listed 30% higher then MLS Listing
They used a Fake App Team to do the dirty work.
Evonne Eckenroth: Silent owner of Villa homes of SWFl Cape coral based Home Builder in the Scam With Villa Realty
Evonne is being watched by the SEC for Securities Fraud . Evonne owns 6 in Cape Coral being in Foreclosure .... Over Appraised and Sucked the Funds from the homes with Chris Canzano in Costa Rica, Under a company called MONTE DE PIEDRA S.A. This is a Real Estate Scam overseas
that has Alot of people asking for the Funds back a 600 acre Comunity with the same people wiring funds to a undisclosed account number in Costa Rica. Here is some info you can find on google about it . Just broke ground in May 6th 2008.
Look This Up 30 people already in Cape Coral Alone .... Leepa.org Each one and they Own 3 homes each ... Part of The Membership Elite Group to Store the funds in Costa Rica ,,,, but not investors ...Chris and Evonne Pocketed 7.8 Million From all this. Property was Bought For 7 Million from Evonne and Cris Canzano Owner Of villa Realty and Villa Homes Of SWFL "CASH Money" Under a Name Called Monte De Piedra S.A. A Costa Rica Corporation.
I have represented Evonne B. Eckenroth and Christopher J. Canzano for several years and in my dealing with them I have found them to be extremely honest, ethical and professional. Your posting concerning Evonne B. Eckenroth, Christopher J. Canzano and their related entities is knowingly false, malicious and unfounded intending to disparage and damage the personal, business and professional reputations of Evonne B. Eckenroth, Christopher J. Canzano and their related entities. I challenge you to reveal your true identity and to contact me concerning this matter rather than your hiding behind your fictitious identy of Dan. We hereby demand that you cease and desist all such further postings or activities and that you issue a retraction on the Topix website on or before the close of business on July 16, 2008. If you fail to do so, we will use every means at our disposal to determine your true identity and we will advise our Clients to pursue federal and state criminal prosecution and civil action against you. I request that you call me immediately to discuss this matter. PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY.
Iggy62

Prattville, AL

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Jul 15, 2008
 
Wheeew-eee! Dan it appears that you got the lawyer all kinds of excited over this, and he has definitely called you out.

Let's see your data.

Ig
Joseph A Troiano Esq wrote:
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I have represented Evonne B. Eckenroth and Christopher J. Canzano for several years and in my dealing with them I have found them to be extremely honest, ethical and professional. Your posting concerning Evonne B. Eckenroth, Christopher J. Canzano and their related entities is knowingly false, malicious and unfounded intending to disparage and damage the personal, business and professional reputations of Evonne B. Eckenroth, Christopher J. Canzano and their related entities. I challenge you to reveal your true identity and to contact me concerning this matter rather than your hiding behind your fictitious identy of Dan. We hereby demand that you cease and desist all such further postings or activities and that you issue a retraction on the Topix website on or before the close of business on July 16, 2008. If you fail to do so, we will use every means at our disposal to determine your true identity and we will advise our Clients to pursue federal and state criminal prosecution and civil action against you. I request that you call me immediately to discuss this matter. PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY.
Joseph A Troiano Esq

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Dan wrote:
Hello There,
I have been covering this from Costa Rica. I have information about this group or "cyndicate " that had a house flip scheme to rip people off.
I have been covering this from Costa Rica were they have been wiring money to a Project with a fake identity called Corazon De la Tierra owned and operated by Chris Canzano owner of the US based company ran from right here in Cape Coral fl called Villa Realty. I had a Friend just email me with the same thing happening with a Samir Cabrera. "Villa Homes" and "Villa Homes Of SWFL" have been doing the same thing back in 2006 and floating the market with the investors money mind you he has all the money stored in a Real Estate Scam in Esterillos Costa Rica , where they are planning to do this again with US investors trying to hide the money they made with the market in SWFL housing. There is a person who's name is Evonne Eckenroth whos started this whole ring.
Chris Canzano : Owner of "Villa Homes Of SWFL " and "Villa Realty" being investigated at this time by SEC
Chris Also Runs VLS.net a Copy of MLS.com Listing that Real Estate Agents Use for Listing .... Listed 30% higher then MLS Listing
They used a Fake App Team to do the dirty work.
Evonne Eckenroth: Silent owner of Villa homes of SWFl Cape coral based Home Builder in the Scam With Villa Realty
Evonne is being watched by the SEC for Securities Fraud . Evonne owns 6 in Cape Coral being in Foreclosure .... Over Appraised and Sucked the Funds from the homes with Chris Canzano in Costa Rica, Under a company called MONTE DE PIEDRA S.A. This is a Real Estate Scam overseas
that has Alot of people asking for the Funds back a 600 acre Comunity with the same people wiring funds to a undisclosed account number in Costa Rica. Here is some info you can find on google about it . Just broke ground in May 6th 2008.
Look This Up 30 people already in Cape Coral Alone .... Leepa.org Each one and they Own 3 homes each ... Part of The Membership Elite Group to Store the funds in Costa Rica ,,,, but not investors ...Chris and Evonne Pocketed 7.8 Million From all this. Property was Bought For 7 Million from Evonne and Cris Canzano Owner Of villa Realty and Villa Homes Of SWFL "CASH Money" Under a Name Called Monte De Piedra S.A. A Costa Rica Corporation.
This message is to Dan, a/k/a W.E. Yes, we do have digital fingerprints and we know who you are. Since you have chosen to go into hiding since my last request, I am giving you one last opportunity to step forward and recant your slanderous statements publicly before we pursue federal and state criminal prosecution and civil action against you, who claims that you are "Dan", that you represent Ed Zoller (by the way you misspelled his name), and that you are a representative of Banco National. If you fail to recant your slanderous statements publicly by 5:00 P.M. on July 23, 2008, we intend to pursue you to the fullest extent of the law. PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY.
Ellen Brown

Huntsville, AL

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Jul 25, 2008
 
My name is Ellen Brown. I am a plaintiff in the lawsuit mentioned by "Dan from Alba Florida". I worked for Chris Canzano and Evonne Eckenroth for over two years and can tell you none of the info quoted by Dan is accurate. I handled the day to day operations of working with the investors and I know personally that there was never any undisclosed issues or indiscretion on their part. Up until this point I am the only one other than Joe Troiano willing to disclose my true identity. Not only am I a previous contractor for them, I'm also one of the very first investors into the Costa Rica Project referred to as Corazon De La Tierra. This project has been run successfully, profitability and with great success. It is one of the most prestigious developments in Costa Rica and is going to be a magnificent master planned community on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Chris and Evonne are honest, hardworking and dedicated to the people they work with. I know exactly how much money was raised and how much has been spent and I also know that Chris and Evonne have put in substantial amounts of their own money to see this project come alive and be successful. Just the value of the purchase of the property in Costa Rica was more than they raised in capital and therefore there is literally no possibility of them having taken funds from the project not to mention the value of this property based on certified appraisal has substantially increased in value due to the work that has been done on the property bringing real value to those invested in the project. I've never known them to intentionally try to side step the ethical or legal aspect of anything they do. WE have just all been victims of a very bad country wide economic downturn and it has hurt everyone including Chris and Evonne. It makes me sick to sit on the sidelines and watch someone that was an ex contractor like this Dan, slander someone that gave him such a great opportunity that he chose to be dishonest and thereby be discharged. It is obvious that there is/are some disgruntled ex-vendor(s) who are full of revenge trying to discredit both personally & professionally those associated with and this project. I refuse to stand on the sidelines and let this project be destroyed. I am willing to step up and share the truth of this whole situation.

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I am with Iggy on this. Lets see the facts on this. We have the challenges of lawyers adn the support of former workers who are in the know, but i haven't seen anything from Dan.
Dan are you out there???????? Give us something.
Boz
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Boz, glad you "are with me"; however, I am no longer convinced that there is anything to this saga.

The lawyer has on a couple of occasions claimed that the operation is clean, and further challenged Dan to come forward...and Dan had no reply.

The former co-worker has provided lots of details about the operation being legitimate, and further named Dan as a disgruntled former associate...and Dan had no reply.

You and I have encouraged him to provide something...and once again Dan had no reply.

It appears that Dan unpluged and no longer cares to continue his quest.

As this situation has gotten stale, I am moving to another adventure.
Dan

Lehigh Acres, FL

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Sep 9, 2008
 
Well Well Well,

I finally got someones balls rumbling. I have to say this is all accurate. Ok, if you guys really think this is a hoax pull up chris canzano and
look at all the supposedly short sales he is selling. There all the ones that are on this list that people bought from him with this great notion that they were getting the best"DEAL" from " The Billion Dollar Broker" just pull this up and see what houses he's selling.
http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-flmdce...

Guys This one is a No Brain-er this guy sells homes in 2004-2005 for sum odd dollars then same guy under a DBA on PLATINUM PROPERTIES": which is really "Villa homes of SWFL".All this is not false under public records ... look up leepa.org under Canzano alone... All just public information nothing slanderous or malicious. Must be true enough to have his lawyer actually take the timeout for this. At 400. hour this is got to be true right. Think About it. Why would you call your lawyer on the carpet for this?? I Think of this the person who said they were GREAT People, "Chris and Evonne" Thats from Georgia. That happens to be there representative for the south district, where most of the leads come from. Funny thing too she is on the
docket as a plaintiff reason being the property she ownes where sucked out and drained funds 2 years ago, and suddenly a short sale HA!! We know that game guys right!. And for me, Yes still alive and Yes!! All public information. In Buford Georgia takning in the rain right now and tracking more public information here in this beautiful state. Will be checking this from now on so please read and pass this along to the INFORMED.

Wow Mr Troiano sounds like YOU! just made another $800 bucks in this public blog spot
Dan

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Sep 9, 2008
 
Iggy62 wrote:
Wheeew-eee! Dan it appears that you got the lawyer all kinds of excited over this, and he has definitely called you out.
Let's see your data.
Ig
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Sorry It took so Long for me to repond,

SORRY MR > J TROIANO ESQ-ABC liquor store
Did not know we had INTERNET-LAWYERS ON STAND BY

and by the way i read his post and i still cant understand what W.E stands for is he using some kind of code for "What Ever"

Since: Sep 08

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Sep 9, 2008
 
I would love to hear about this as well
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Sep 14, 2008
 
Dan - It would be helpful if you were more articulate! You'd be more believable. Maybe you should have someone transcribe your thoughts for you.
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Lehigh Acres, FL

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Sep 15, 2008
 
I will

Since: Sep 08

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Sep 19, 2008
 
Dan,

Glad to see that you are still alive and obviously kicking. I'm very impressed that your' not the least bit intimidated by the $400 per lawyer.

Seems that you've got the scoop on the real estate bad folks, but your info comes from this past summer. Are the scammers still taking advantage of investors? What's the latest schemes? Whats up with your reference to the "rain" in your previous post?
Dan Hoeller

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Oct 23, 2008
 
Iggy62 wrote:
Very detailed description. Would be interested to hear the "rest of the story". Not sure who the worst of the worst is in this situation: Eckenroth or Canzano. Both have questionable backgrounds.
Ig
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Somethings up!!! Looks like there is a difference of opinion. Is it a scam or isn't it? I'm not going to make accuasations-but can only say-I viewed the property in May 2007 and put down a $15,000 deposit. They were just starting to construct the entry monument. Take a look at the pictures in July 2008-haven't made much progress. I was also advised that they would have pricing available on the condos in a few months. Well it's been over 17 months and I haven't even heard from them. I asked for the return of my deposit and was rebuffed by Mr. Trioanio. I can only warn everyone to stay away!! I will be pursuing this further with the Florida Bar Assoc. and Fla. Real Estate Dept. and see what can be done (if anything) I will not remain annonomous.(I'm not the other Dan though) Dan Hoeller San Clemente, CA
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Oct 23, 2008
 
Hi folks, did a little more research. If Chris and Evonne are such outstanding citizens-why are they named as defendants in a Federal suit in US District Court Concerning Securities Fraud? Check it out:http://securities.stanford .edu/1041/PCI_01/2008827_f01k_ 08359.pdf
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Oct 23, 2008
 
Dan in Alva. You are right. You are not stating anything false or malicious. There is a Federal Law suit against Canzano and Eckenroth (as defendants) on going. It's a matter of public record. US District Court: Middle Florida Dist. (Ft. Myers) Civil Docket for case #:2:08-cv-00359-UA-SPC
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Oct 30, 2008
 
Hi all. Just want to set the record straight. After further investigation and a phone conversation with Mr. Canzano and Ms. Eckenroth; I stand corrected. It appears that the lawsuit in question has been dismissed and Mr. Canzano and Ms. Eckenroth have been exhonarated. They are really wonderful people and do care about the project in Costa Rica. Like everyone times have been a little tough-but they are doing their best to keep the project going and make it a magnificient vacation and/or second home. I became a little agitated over the return of the deposit-but that has been worked out. It all stems from a misunderstanding and some long distance miscommunication. Although I have chosen to withdraw from the project (mostly due to my own fianacial difficulties at the present time) I would love to visit the property in the future and see Mr. Canzano's and Ms. Eckenroth's vision for the property materialize.

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