Money Laundering Investigations Leave...

Money Laundering Investigations Leave Authorities Empty Handed

There are 14 comments on the Inside Costa Rica story from Mar 20, 2006, titled Money Laundering Investigations Leave Authorities Empty Handed. In it, Inside Costa Rica reports that:

A report in today's edition of the Spanish language daily, La Nacion, says that of the 545 complaints of suspected money laundering operations made to the Fiscalia de Narcotrafico during the last three years, ...

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Sad to see

Alpharetta, GA

#1 Apr 3, 2006
There is a lot of money laundering going on down there. Drug money buying property with large amounts of cash brought in over a period months. I know people who have done this and then the money went to a Costa Rican contractor and laundered in that manner. So it never really raises any eyebrows because it's not directly deposited in the bank. A Joanna Goetz sold her house to several yound men from calif. who are drug dealers in this manner and she in return gave the money to a Costa Rican known as Rafa who is a contractor and they have property in Panama they are developing and have invested the $4000,000 cash she was given. But how do you prove this? Impossible!
Jill Howard

Alpharetta, GA

#2 May 23, 2006
I know this Joanna Goetz, she is living at Cruz Roja 100 mts North 120 west 3rd house on the left in cuidad Colon. This house is owned by Rafa's family. Rafa has made a lot of money on the real estate investments he has made using this money. The young men.. one went by an alsias "Alex" he was picked but by Federal Agents and is doing time in calf. the other one was named Russ and there was also a Kevinn involved to the purchase of her home in Montana Del Sol in Santa Anna. There was also an older gentleman by the name of Richard Collins living with her recently that wqs down there growing marijuana the equipment in stored in trhe apartment in the lower level of this house in Cuidad colon.
Sad to see wrote:
There is a lot of money laundering going on down there. Drug money buying property with large amounts of cash brought in over a period months. I know people who have done this and then the money went to a Costa Rican contractor and laundered in that manner. So it never really raises any eyebrows because it's not directly deposited in the bank. A Joanna Goetz sold her house to several yound men from calif. who are drug dealers in this manner and she in return gave the money to a Costa Rican known as Rafa who is a contractor and they have property in Panama they are developing and have invested the $4000,000 cash she was given. But how do you prove this? Impossible!
Cindy Calhoun

Park Forest, IL

#3 May 23, 2006
I also know this woman, she is around 63 years old, bleached blond and is from Florida. She lost a large amount of money she had invested with the "Brothers" When she lost this money she sold her house to these drug dealers from California. She is having a house built out toward Limon by the contractor Rafa. She is having this house built from the $400,000 cash she received from the sale of her house. This was drug money brought down by these young men back in the beginning of 2003. I also know this Richard Collins mentioned he was a friend of these young men, had met them while living out in the Montezuma Cabuya area in 2002. He has been running around with this Joanna since May of 2003. He had also lost money with the brothers and to remain in Costa Rica he decided to grow marijuana indoors. He has recently stopped but may be planning on starting again. He was living with this Joanna at the Cuidad Colon house until recently, he may be living with a Panamanian Drug dealer that is known as Pasquel "Pinky" Jones in Escazu at this time.
Gabby Jones

Alpharetta, GA

#4 Jul 28, 2006
Cindy Calhoun wrote:
I also know this woman, she is around 63 years old, bleached blond and is from Florida. She lost a large amount of money she had invested with the "Brothers" When she lost this money she sold her house to these drug dealers from California. She is having a house built out toward Limon by the contractor Rafa. She is having this house built from the $400,000 cash she received from the sale of her house. This was drug money brought down by these young men back in the beginning of 2003. I also know this Richard Collins mentioned he was a friend of these young men, had met them while living out in the Montezuma Cabuya area in 2002. He has been running around with this Joanna since May of 2003. He had also lost money with the brothers and to remain in Costa Rica he decided to grow marijuana indoors. He has recently stopped but may be planning on starting again. He was living with this Joanna at the Cuidad Colon house until recently, he may be living with a Panamanian Drug dealer that is known as Pasquel "Pinky" Jones in Escazu at this time.
No Richard Collins is still living in Cuidad Colon with Joanna Goetz but is on the process of setting up another growing operation hopefully the authorities are watching him.
Anna Maria Lillico

Canada

#5 Sep 8, 2006
I have to say that this could be considered slander naming people and their alledged crimes. I did a google search on Cabuya and this came up, I am quite distressed that people would actually name names on such a public forum.
Gabby Jones

Alpharetta, GA

#6 Sep 23, 2006
Well they are not alledged crimes they are real crimes and I know this for a fact. So no it's not slander. I find it shamful that people can go to a wonderful country as Costa Rica is and get away with these criminal acts. As I write this Richard Collins is down there runnning an indoor growing operation for pot. He is on the run down there for income tax evasion, credit card debts, and is accused of molesting his grand daughter. Not a very nice person at all. He needs to be deported back to the U.S.
Anna Maria Lillico

Canada

#7 Oct 28, 2006
Well, when I go down there soon I will tell Richard about this site and let him deal with it. At least he should now that his name is being splattered about with no regard.

BTW, Costa Rica is filled with the "unwanted" and "wanted". I myself have met someone on witness protection (now dead), multitude of people on the run from the law from drug dealing in the States. I also know 3 people that have been murdered in the MOntezuma/Cabuya area. I heard that an Italian woman was murdered and raped by her Nica worker recently. You can't have anything of value there as there is a good chance that you will be robbed. There are much worse crimes being committed by ex pats/locals than Richard growing pot/credit card debt and scimping on his income tax. And BTW the molestation is an accusation only!
gabby jones

Alpharetta, GA

#8 Nov 4, 2006
Anna Maria Lillico wrote:
Well, when I go down there soon I will tell Richard about this site and let him deal with it. At least he should now that his name is being splattered about with no regard.
BTW, Costa Rica is filled with the "unwanted" and "wanted". I myself have met someone on witness protection (now dead), multitude of people on the run from the law from drug dealing in the States. I also know 3 people that have been murdered in the MOntezuma/Cabuya area. I heard that an Italian woman was murdered and raped by her Nica worker recently. You can't have anything of value there as there is a good chance that you will be robbed. There are much worse crimes being committed by ex pats/locals than Richard growing pot/credit card debt and scimping on his income tax. And BTW the molestation is an accusation only!
Why do you know Richard? I also lived in Cabuya for awhile, I was never robbed and felt perfectly safe there...and really people should not go to another country and commit crimes of this nature...if you have respect for the local people they respect you! Breaking their laws is no way to have their respect.
Eileen Moyano

United States

#9 May 18, 2007
I know someone who is buying property with drug money. How do I report it to the authorities.
Ivy1

Brooklyn, NY

#10 May 21, 2007
Why are you guys giving all of this information on this forum. Don't you realize that everything is monitored? A public forum is not the place to say who you know and who you don't when the police or the government is investigating money laundering and drug dealing. Por favor, cuidado.
Ivy1

Brooklyn, NY

#11 May 21, 2007
Talk but don't start naming names and locations. Be obscure. " I know this woman who had a place in San Jose, not Maria Antonia who lives in casa 126 in Desamparados Salitral is hiding blow in the salsa lizano bottle.

Since: Apr 07

San Jose,

#12 May 24, 2007
Eileen Moyano wrote:
I know someone who is buying property with drug money. How do I report it to the authorities.
You should call the OIJ use this url all their numbers and emails are in there www.poder-judicial.go.cr/contactar.htm
Richard Collins

Euless, TX

#13 Aug 1, 2012
Well as most of the negative comments here are made by a vengeful ex-wife (now deceased) under other names. Most of them are incorrect!
And laughable! I guess if you say something on the Internet people will believe it!!
All of the illegal things that are stated here are false... So I guess I am tried and convicted on lies.
So beware of what you read out here.

“Making A Difference”

Since: Feb 13

Location hidden

#14 Feb 15, 2013
It is now becoming dangerous for the RE agents - as they might be held liable, but also the title companies and trust companies.

http://www.aegisjournal.com/a-question-of-due...

Kinda scary but I think they have the "state of the business" pretty well reviewed.

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